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Is Pinterest Infringing Copyright?


A new social media site called Pinterest has become the flavour of the month. It is claimed to be the "fastest growing site on the internet", and has now got over 10 million unique users. It is basically a new take on the old family "scrapbook" - users create boards according to their style, preferences, hobbies etc. and then place image “pins” on their appropriate “pin boards.” The boards cover often homely themes like “Chocolate Cake Recipes,” “Christmas Ideas,” or Wedding Planning” and users can follow particular "pinners" as they do on Facebook and Twitter.

The difficulty for photography suppliers - photolibraries, photographers (not to mention artists and illustrators) is that Pinterest captures the images and puts them on its servers as part of the process. Although in its Terms and Conditions Pinterest expects users to own or have cleared copyright, this is clearly just a ploy to keep Pinterest out of legal proceedings and transfer the blame to the users. As readers of this site will know, taking peoples' images without clearing copyright is infringement; it was ruled that using "thumbnails" as Google does in its searches, was "fair dealing" but taking the main image was not.
There has been considerable discussion on internet forums and mailing lists about whether this was copyright infringement. It seems again that photographers are getting the short end of the stick, in that their work is used for financial gain for others, that is Pinterest in this case: it doesn't seem to use adverts but does gain income from modifying "affiliate links" to products so it gets a share of the revenue.

Below is a link to a couple of good articles about the issue from photographer Sean Locke.

Website: Sean Locke Photography

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National Portrait Gallery Acquires Earliest Known Painting of a British Architect
The painting of Ralph Simons, a mason-architect active in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries, was discovered in an Italian auction. It was identified thanks to the survival of an early copy of the portrait, which records an inscription of the original frame of this work that identified the sitter as an architect.

Jersey 80s Photographs Needed for Major Exhibition
Heritage society is looking to find images of the Channel Island taken in the 1980s to archive and recreate and continue the work of documenting a decade of dramatic cultural change and development locally and internationally.

The Gulbenkian Foundation Celebrates 60 Years And Merges Its Two Museums
Scala Archives informs us that as part of the 60th anniversary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, there will be outdoor concerts and film screenings, exhibitions, reading sessions and workshops. This anniversary also marks the merger between the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the CAM - Modern Art Centre, renamed, respectively Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection and Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Modern Collection.

What Soho Wore – Unusual New Exhibition from the Photographers' Gallery
What Soho Wore is a new commission for the Photographers' Gallery’s Media Wall from London-based photographer and writer Nina Manandhar (b. 1981). Derived from her celebrated blog what-we-wore.com this new participatory project invites the public to add to a growing archive of Soho’s iconic style culture. 15th July - 25th September 2016.

Skins & Suedes – Owen Harvey’s Inaugural UK Solo Exhibition
Photographer looks at subculture of Skinheads and Suedeheads across the UK, showing all sides of the milieu that they have created. Harvey’s portraits present an intimacy and personal depth, which softens the sometimes harsh image these individuals project.

Hampstead Heath - New Book by Matthew Maran
NaturePL photographer Matthew Maran is launching a new book which which shows the landscapes, fauna and flora of the Heath through the changing seasons, as well as the people who use it for exercise, recreation and study.

Photofusion Summer Course Schedule
Their photography courses have been helping beginners through to professional photographers learn their craft and hone their skills for many years. Run by passionate and experienced tutors and photography professionals, all photography courses take place in their cutting-edge digital classroom, fully equipped photography studio, and their prestigious darkrooms.

Visit the Museums & Heritage Show this week
Many museums and heritage organisations will be participating in the 2016 Museums & Heritage Show, 18th-19th May, West Hall, Olympia, London. This is a good opportunity for researchers in the heritage sector to meet prospective clients and network.

Shirley Baker - On the Beach
Photofusion presents the special exhibition Shirley Baker : On the Beach, curated by Anna Douglas, 12th May – 16th June 2016 in Brixton.

Guildhall Somme 100 Exhibition to feature Mary Evans Images
Mary Evans Picture Library, one of the UK's leading sources for historical images, is collaborating as an exclusive image partner in the forthcoming 'Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: Somme 1916' exhibition at the Guildhall Yard, which opens on 1st June and runs until 5th July.

New photo-app Clixta launches with Copyright Hub Technology
Clixta, the first live mobile application powered by the Copyright Hub launched in London on Wednesday 4th May 2016. Clixta is a photo sharing social network completely focused on the past. It allows individuals, special interest groups or large organisations to easily save and share their old photographs. The Clixta app in available on both IOS and Android.

Photofusion Seeks Crowdfunding
The photography hub and photolibrary based in Brixton has had its funding cut and faces rising rents. Since 1991 it has had a major impact on photography in South London and has reached out to many local people using photography.

Visual Connections Chicago Opens on May 5th
The Visual Connections expo returns to Chicago next month. This event features major stock photography agencies and twenty new exhibitors who will be showing off their collections to photobuyers and image users.

The Band - BJP Features Elliott Landy's Rock Images
A co-operative that thrived on creative equality: Elliott Landy’s The Band Photographs from 1968/69 are featured on the BJP's online site. The Band were one of the world's finest groups in their time and backed Bob Dylan among others.

Educating the Eye: Looking Back With Marc Riboud
Noted photographer Marc Riboud remembers his long and amazing career in Lensculture. Best known for his work in North and South Vietnam as well China, he also photographed in Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, Cuba, West Africa and countless places in between.

National Portrait Gallery Acquires New Sculpture of Baroness Joan Bakewell
A newly acquired portrait of Baroness Joan Bakewell, the broadcaster, journalist and writer, has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. The ceramic half-length sculpture is part of an ongoing series of portraits of influential women by the artist Glenys Barton and it is the final of a trio of works that she has made of Joan Bakewell since 2012.

London Book Fair 12th-14th April
One of the publishing world's most important events, the London Book Fair is coming to Olympia again. This annual jamboree is is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

The Photographers' Gallery presents myeyefellout by Stephen Gill
The Photographers' Gallery's latest exhibition is myeyefellout, a solo showcase by British photographer Stephen Gill. Drawing together six iconic series, myeyefellout reflects on the artist’s lifelong fascination with nature and his dialogue with London’s borough of Hackney.

Unseen Image of Joe Strummer at NPG
Forthcoming Major Exhibition of American Photographer William Eggleston at National Portrait Gallery will be a retrospective of his entire career from 1960s and include never-before-seen portraits of The Clash frontman Joe Strummer and Dennis Hopper.

fotofringe is Back in London on 20th April 2016
The annual one day event for image and footage users to work with image and footage providers is coming soon: informal, busy, friendly, and extremely productive. Over 700 visitors and 100 picture agencies were there last year. Free to book for picture researchers.

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