By Deane Barker on March 15, 2012
So, Pinterest is all the rage these days, but it turns out that their terms and conditions are a little scary. This article sums it up.
When you pin something, you’re effectively saying that you own the rights and are allowed to pin it. By pinning it, you give Pinterest the right to sell it. And then you assume responsibility for all of Pinterest’s legal fees, and assume all risk associated with legal troubles arising from the use of the item, or from you pinning it.
Here’s the scenario they lay out as being problematic:
- You pin a picture of a cat without permission.
- Pinterest sells it to ABC Marketing.
- ABC Marketing prints it on kitty litter boxes.
- Cat picture owner sees kitty litter box in store and calls lawyer.
- Lawyer calls Pinterest.
- Pinterest calls you.
- Bad things happen.