As of the first week of April, Pinterest’s policies will change for all users.
I’m so proud. Makes me tear up a little.
Among other things, it lists very formal (compliant with DMCA) language specifying what someone should do if they feel that their copyright has been infringed, what will happen if a user is accused of infringing a copyright, and a warning that if a user infringes copyrights repeatedly, their account could be revoked.
Why do we care? Well, this policy arguably gives them “Safe Harbor” under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, protecting Pinterest if a copyright owner wanted to sue for infringement. For people who love pinning, and just want to be able to go about their obsessive decorating and redecorating and redecorating of their fantasy homes, it’s fantastic news.
All of their terms have changed. If you’re a user, you should likely take a look. The main takeaway is this: Be a good site neighbor, and don’t be sketchy. If someone has something great on their site, and you love it, that’s wonderful. Link to it—to *their* page/their content/their whatever. Don’t copy the content to your site to increase your traffic. You wouldn’t want someone to do it to you, so don’t do it to someone else.
So now that Pinterest seems to be getting its situation together … what do we do about ACTA?
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