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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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Imperial War Museum Shows Rare Colour Pictures of WW2
Colour film was a scarce commodity during the Second World War, making the reproduction of printed works both difficult and expensive. Between 1942 and 1945 some 3,000 colour photographs were taken by The Ministry of Information for official records, which subsequently became part of the Imperial War Museum archives in 1949.

World Press Photo Festival of Images
Join the World Press Photo organisation in Amsterdam for three days of creative presentations and inspiring talks from the world’s leading photographers and digital storytellers, 20th-22nd April.

Blitz Club Blitz Kids – New Book by Homer Sykes
Social documentary photographer Homer Sykes has released a new book of his photos of the glamorous Blitz Club partygoers from the 1980s.

From BJP the Oldest Photographic Studio Archive
The world's oldest photography studio, W. W. Winter has been shooting Derby's residents since 1867. But it took an artist to discover its treasure trove of forgotten images. The BJP has an interesting article about the finding of these ancient historic pictures.

The Ceremony of Life: Early Works by Martin Parr
The Photographers' Gallery presents The Ceremony of Life an exhibition of rarely seen black and white prints from world-renowned British photographer, Martin Parr. This is his early work from the 1970s and early 1980s.

How to Get an Exhibition and Sell Your Prints Magnum and BJP Workshops
Magnum and the British Journal of Photography have teamed up to create workshops on different aspects of professional photography practice. On 1st and 2nd April they are putting on an event with experts from commercial galleries and national art institutions on how to exhibit your work.

Angelika Pirkl Leaves akg-images to go Freelance
The MD of the art specialist photo library for eight years is leaving in March to pursue a career as a freelance picture researcher.

Blitz in the City – Museum of London Exhibition
The Museum of London’s latest exhibition, Perspectives of Destruction: Images of London, 1940-44, explores how artists and photographers responded to the devastation of great swathes of the city by the intensive aerial bombing attacks during the Second World War.

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2017 - Exhibition and Tour
Shortlised photographers for the prestigious prize will be exhibiting at The Photographers Gallery from 3rd March - 11th June 2017 and on tour in Germany and the USA after that. The winner will be announced on 18th May.

Wolfgang Tillmans Exhibition at Tate Modern
Wolfgang Tillmans has earned recognition as one of the most exciting and innovative artists working today. Tate Modern presents an exhibition concentrating on his production across different media since 2003. First rising to prominence in the 1990s for his photographs of everyday life and contemporary culture, Tillmans has gone on to work in an ever greater variety of media and has taken an increasingly innovative approach to staging exhibitions.

CEPIC Congress 2017 – Registration is Open!
Be part of the largest event in commercial still and moving images in the world from 15th to 17th June 2017 at the Maritim proArte Hotel in Berlin. 450 delegates from 250 companies and 32 countries will be attending.

FotoFest Kicks off International Discoveries VI
The acclaimed Houston, Texas photographic festival presents a series of significant international photographic artists with exhibitions of their work, talks and seminars, The ideas explored by the artists are broad, reflecting the diverse and personal concerns of artists around the world: the legacy of the “New World” slave trade; Afro-Cuban identity; modern expectations of beauty and the female body image.

Making Nature - How we see animals at Wellcome Collection
'Making Nature: How we see animals' exhibition at the Wellcome Collection examines what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to reveal the hierarchies in our view of the natural world and consider how these influence our actions, or inactions, towards the planet.

World Press Photo Competition 2017 Open for Entries
The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting the work of visual journalists, with a range of activities and initiatives that span the globe, including their famous press photography contests, which has deadlines from 6th – 11th January 2017.

CEPIC Congress 2017 Berlin 15th – 17th June
In 2017, CEPIC will welcome delegates from many countries of the world to the biggest gathering of image professionals,for three intense days of greeting friends and partners around a solid program of seminars and events, in Berlin from 15th to 17th June.

BAPLA Infographic How Social Media Costs Image Creators Money
Social Media like facebook, Google, Pinterest, Linked-in and others commonly strip copyright data from visual media, and make money from advertising as these media are shared by millions of users, without any recompense to the original image creator, or the photolibrary or other licence holder who markets the copyrighted material.

Job Vacancy - Web editor Wellcome Collection
They are looking for a web editor to produce articles with visual images form this famous medical collection, to join their growing editorial team and deepen engagement with their existing global public and professional audiences.

Adobe Previews New Sky Replacement Tool
Blown-out skies will be a thing of the past if new Adobe's new filter, demonstrated in Photoshop, at Adobe Max photography event, becomes widely used: SkyReplace is a new technology which automatically replaces the sky in images, either with one selected by the photographer or from a bank of images.

Google Launches Pixel Smartphones Featuring ‘The Best Smartphone Camera Ever’
The internet giant has unveiled its first smartphone handset, aimed at the discerning smartphone photographer, and featuring a 12.3-million-pixel sensor with an f/2 6-element lens, which is better than other smartphones, so Google is trying to reach the smartphone photography market.

Sad News – Passing of Picture Manager Angela Anderson
StockIndexOnline has received news of Angela Anderson, who died on 17th October. She was well known in the picture industry, having been at picture manager at DK and also ran the BAPLA office for a while, as well as being an active picture researcher and editor for many decades.

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