Sharing sites like Pinterest raise copyright concerns

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Like other sites that rely on user-generated content , the visually-oriented social media site Pinterest avoids violating copyright law by responding to requests to take down material posted without permission of the copyright holder. ReadWriteWeb's Dave Copeland says Pinterest users are better about giving credit than Tumblr, but copyright is still a concern:

"That being said, it's still awful that I might discover a new painter on Pinterest and not be able to find them. To not know their name or have their website," said [artist Laura C. George]. "It's truly an awful situation...it seems impossible to enforce this type of rule on such a huge site with thousands of members and billions of pins. They would have to check the link to every 'original' pin and research to make sure it was the original. That's insane."

A few news outlets are using the service to highlight their work. The "Today" show is posting images of "Anchor Antics," The Wall Street Journal has posted historic front pages, and Time magazine is posting its covers. || Related: How to adapt online news in the age of sharing (Poynter) | Why it’s time for journalists to pay attention to Pinterest & what you can do there (Poynter) | Pinterest is gaining on Twitter in terms of referral traffic, but Facebook's still on top (GigaOM)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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