After resisting the Pinterest trend for a while I decided to finally check it out the other day. I was kind of shocked to see so many of my own images on the site. At first I was flattered, hey it's always nice when someone likes something you've photographed or blogged about. So I signed up to be part of it thinking I could use it to promote my Etsy shops.
Then I read this article and I urge you to read it too. Basically any content loaded on to Pinterest becomes theirs to exploit. They are forever allowed to sell, transfer, alter, exploit, license and otherwise use YOUR photos. Oh, and if you've never uploaded a photo there and someone else who saw it on your blog or site did well tough luck. The fine print at Pinterest states if you uploaded it, you take ownership and therefore agree to let them use it how they see fit. Whenever you pin someone else's images you are agreeing for them.
This is unacceptable. I have installed a code on this blog that prohibits content from being pinned (Find it here). I urge you to do the same on your own blogs and sites.
I would also like to ask that if you are a member you think twice about these policies and read the fine print. Also if you have any images from this blog I ask that you delete them immediately.