Hello, my name is Gillian McMurray and I am a Pinterest addict. Yes, I too have been swallowed up by the latest social media craze - which is very unlike me. I have never been one for diving in at the first sign of a new online social site. But Pinterest is different. Sharing inspirational pictures, seeing other people's favourites and, best of all, finding huge numbers of art and craft tutorials. I cannot tell you how excited I am about that and I have come across loads of new ideas and things to try thanks to Pinterest.
However, on a more serious note, there has been a lot of talk online and in the media about Pinterest's copyright issues and their claim that they can do what they like with images regardless of the copyright of the original photographer. I know that copyright is a hot topic right now. There are artists and photographers who have seen their work 'stolen' from web sites and copied in tens of different ways. That must be a truly horrible situation for them. However, in Pinterest's case it is clear that if they are to survive they will have to change their policies. It is only a matter of time. Let's face it, Pinterest are not going to be able to use any of the images with impunity. They would be bombarded by law suits. So I will be sticking around to pin a few more tutorials in the hope that Pinterest will get their house in order sooner rather than later. However, if you want to find out more about using Pinterest, they copyright issue and how best to use it for marketing then I have some links to a few articles of interest:
Copyright is Not the Problem, You Are! on Skinny Artist's blog
The Pinterest Guide to Selling Art Online on The Abundant Artist's web site
56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest on Copyblogger
And finally, if you would like to join the fun and take a look at my boards than just click the image below or the one on the top right of the page. I'll be happy to see you there and you might even find a great little tutorial to teach you something new.