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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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UN Urged to Appoint Protector of Journalists
Given the increasing deaths of journalists, photographers, and media personnel in conflict zones, where they are often seen as “the enemy” rather than neutral observers, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, is being urged to create a new role - “Protector of Journalists”.

Mary Evans Picture Library Opens its Doors for Open House London
Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading source for historical images, will be taking part in London’s Open House event on Saturday 17th September 2016, opening the doors of its Arts and Crafts-style building in Blackheath to visitors.

New Photo-Library The Mega Agency to be Launched Soon
The Mega Agency is a new photo-library project launching soon. It has teamed up with digital giant Newscom so will be launching with an archive of over 30 million images and adding 50K per day.

DMLA Annual Conference – Reality Reimagined
The US trade organisation is holding its annual conference in Jersey City, NY on October 26th to 27th. It will examine the digital content industry from all sides to determine what’s really going on and how new innovations are driving new business.

CEPIC View on Hyperlinks – White Paper
The EU is considering legislating on hyperlinks. CEPIC has published a White Paper on how some hyperlinks are good and should be encouraged and that “framing” hyperlinks where the image appears as if published on the framing website, when in fact it is still hosted on the original website, sverely interfere with the normal use of visual works online.

Photofusion Looking for Photographers in Residence
The South London-based organisation has obtained funding for a Participatory Artist In Residence programme: Taking Part. In 2016/17 Photofusion will host four 90-day residencies for emerging participatory lens-based artists.

Portraits of People Wearing Glasses at NPG
Artist Luc Tuymans has selected a themed display from his own paintings and has quirkily chosen to feature people wearing glasses. The exhibition will be at the National Portrait Gallery this Autumn and coordinates with other displays of the artist's work.

BAPLA Focus Conference – Booking Opens
Booking opens today for BAPLA FOCUS: Creating Value, the fourth in their series of sell-out conferences. On Thursday 13th October they will welcome a mix of BAPLA members, media buyers and industry suppliers to the outstanding central London venue provided by the Wellcome Trust.

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 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.

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