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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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Dana Lixenberg Wins The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017
Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg has won the twentieth edition of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize at London’s Photographers’ Gallery, for her multifaceted portrait of the residents and community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts, Los Angeles.

Photo London Festival Opens
Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Now in its third year, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. It is hosted by Somerset Housse, and runs from 18th to 21st May.

Felicity Hammond’s In Defence of Industry Show
Barrow-in-Furness is a small British town with a big reputation. The country’s largest centre for iron mining in the country in the industrial revolution, it turned to the nuclear industry after the Second World War and is now known as “the town that holds the UK’s nuclear submarines”, says the artist Felicity Hammond. “They build these submarines there,” she continues, “and somehow everyone in the town seems connected to the nuclear industries.” Her latest exhibition depicts these realities.

A Splash of Colour Exhibition
Colour is one of the most powerful tools at a photographer’s disposal. Along with shape, texture, space, line and form, it is one of the six classic elements of design. It is an important compositional ingredient and it is often used by photographers to set the mood of an image.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the V&A
To mark 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne, and over 200 million record sales later, this exhibition will be an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition will chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their ground-breaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.

Pinhole Photography Course at Photofusion
Celebrated pinhole photographer Gina Glover is holding a pinhole photography course on May 20th to coincide with her exhibition. Gina will be on hand to show her work, talk about her pinhole practice and get the participants started working with paper negatives, paper positives, black and white film and ultimately colour film. This course comes with an Ilford Obscura 5x4 pinhole camera. This course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as experienced pinhole photographers.

Nat Geo Travel Photographer of the Year Competition Opens
Photographers have the opportunity to enter for a chance to be named the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Each year, photographers around the world send National Geographic Travel gorgeous images that captivate and astonish. Their judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire.

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.

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