It seems everywhere I turn I’m seeing pins and pinterest and look what I just put on Pinterest and here’s how to use pinterest

My niece told me about it months ago, I looked at it briefly and decided I was too busy to go down that rabbit hole.  I still haven’t joined personally but I’m getting very confused, a little concerned, and want to see what everyone thinks.  So here goes…

First – Paul Brent emailed me and asked if I’ve jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon. (Not in those words but that was the jist…)  Answer – “No, I’m busy fighting a sinus infection and packing to move, should I check it out?” Yes is his reply.

Then I read a blog post by John R Math about how Pinterest can be a great way for artists to market their art – I’m definitely seeing lots of artists sharing inspiration with all the “I just pinned this or that” posts on Facebook.

Two days later, someone on Twitter sends me to this article –How You Could Get Sued For Using Pinterest.  Well that’s a little disconcerting, so I go to the terms of use and find this:

Member Content
We may, in our sole discretion, permit Members to post, upload, publish, submit or transmit Member Content. By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content only on, through or by means of the Site, Application or Services. Cold Brew Labs does not claim any ownership rights in any such Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any such Member Content.

There sure seem to be a lot of things granted by choosing to use the website… and what if the “application” and/or “services” expand beyond what they are now?  I put the grant section in bold.

I like that they are very specific about not claiming any ownership rights so there is no confusion about copyright issues… or are there?

Attorney Kyle-Beth Hilfer (who recently did an Ask Call with us) wrote a post – Pinterest’s Predicament: Legal Issues Prevent Social Media Maturity

More artists are weighing in on pinterest on their blogs –

SO are my concerns valid or similar to the uproar about Facebook’s usage rights to pictures and images that was hot and heavy a while back?  Anyone else wondering?  More informed?  Let’s discuss.  Would love your perspectives in the comments.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed