How isn't pinning photos to Pinterest against the law?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by karma05, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. karma05

    karma05 Regular Member

    May 30, 2013
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    With the pinterest chrome extension you can browse the internet and use it to pin whatever image you come across onto your pinterest boards.

    What I don't get about that is, how is that legal when you don't own the rights to that photo?

    You usually have to own a license to post photos onto your websites or social media profiles don't you?
  2. popcrdom29

    popcrdom29 Senior Member

    May 20, 2008
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    That's a good question. The only answer I have is that when you pin a picture it also references the link from the website in which it came from.

    As long as credit is giving back to the original site it should be legal.
  3. ppaizon217

    ppaizon217 Regular Member

    Jan 14, 2016
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    Wrong. Or stock sites/photographers would not exist in first place..

    Basically Pinterest can do that because potentially just the onwer of the photos (and website) could do that pinning on his own account. (Or someone from the team if it's a company). Or potentially could even be possible just pinning free cc pictures. So Pinterest just takes his ass out of it saying he's not to be deemed responsible, but the users which when they register, they abide to the Terms of Service.

    That's it.
    That said, even if is unlikely someone will ever sue you because you shared on pinterest or instagram a picture which is not yours, it's also true there's few companies and photographers intentionally spreading as much they can pictures, then screening around just to sue peoples and earn 100k/year extra doing so.