After posting recently about Pinterest, I've been involved in a lot of discussion about their Terms of Service. Here's a quick link primer to some of the discussions I'm involved in and I'm seeing in the science-art blogosphere.
Pinterest does a lot of things right: links back to creator's sites, deleted pins get deleted on all subsequent re-pins - these are good things.
Pinterest has some problems: most people pin whatever neato things they find online when the Terms specifically state you must own the image or have permission. So it's built on misuse in many ways. Personally I think more artists should use Creative Commons type attitudes toward this type of sharing. But the point stands that most users violate Pinterest's own Terms of Service.
Pinterest has some Peril: they can "sell" and "otherwise exploit" all content according to their Terms of Service. So if you use it correctly, you're giving away your work which then involves risk assessment.
Read through these links to get the whole picture so far.
Pinterest gets right what Tumblr got wrong - The Flying Trilobite by Glendon Mellow
The Promise and Perils of Pinterest - Symbiartic by Glendon Mellow
-->Discussion on G+
-->Discussion on Scientific American's Facebook Page
Pinterest's Terms of Service, Word by Terrifying Word _Symbiartic by my co-blogger, Kalliopi Monoyios.
ART Evolved is a No-Pin Zone, sadly... -ART Evolved by administrator Craig Dylke. I'm affiliated with ART Evolved but I wasn't involved in this decision beforehand, for the record. Good move though.
*****Edit: It was announced on March 23rd 2012 that Pinterest is indeed dropping the "sell" term in their Terms of Service - as well as making many other changes. Storify below takes place as of time of the original post.
Pinterest updates Terms of Service - drops the "sell" - Symbiartic by Glendon Mellow
For those not on Twitter, after the jump I've included a first attempt at a Storify of some of the comments there.
There's a lot of retweets of some of these, so a lot of people are listening who haven't weighed in.
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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow
under Creative Commons Licence.
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