When Pinterest launched, there were a couple different opinions on it:
1) Oh, this thing? Just for laydeez planning their dream wedding. I enjoy my MAN BLAHGGING platform, Wordpwess.
2) This is Tumblr without all those hard to understand werds.
I like me some photos, but I’m mostly on the internet for smart people’s writing. In a post earlier this month about Pinterest, Choire at The Awl astutely points out, “more than early Napster, more than Megaupload, more than any government-seized hip-hop blog, Pinterest is entirely copyright-infringement. It’s just that, unlike with music and movies, there’s no dumb and hostile industry lobby that represents, say, ‘every photographer everywhere.’”
The Business Insider piece goes further saying that when you agree to the Pinterest User Agreement you’re taking on all the risk of your access and use of the site AND if someone does sue you and Pinterest, you have to pay not only for your legal fees but also Pinterest’s.
Most of the shit I post on my Tumblr is my boring brain ejaculate. I own it. You can steal it by cutting and pasting to be sure and how would I know? Pinterest is a more obvious place to steal from since it’s simply just photos. And if you do and you get caught, YOU’RE fucked, not Pinterest.
Even just breathing the word “theft” in our internet age breeds scoffs. And I realize that people in my generation and younger have a different relationship towards ownership. Most believe it’s fine to rent music from Spotify since they think they’ll probably tire of it in 2 months. They don’t have to spend a lot of money (most of which goes to the label not the artist) on something they’ll be out of love with soon. So, fine.
When you re-pin some photo that someone actually took, you’re doing that for 2 reasons:
1) Because you want to tell them you like it.
2) More importantly, you want to SHOW other people how dope your taste is.
You’re co-opting other people’s stuff for your own gain. You’re not really contributing to the conversation by maybe commenting or critiquing, as people do on Tumblr. That being said, I sure hope lots n lots of my followers click that little red heart on the top right of this post. That’s all I need to know I’m loved and cared for.