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May. 24th, 2013 | 10:50 pm

So today, while reading Zoë Marriott's blog, I realized two things:

  1. Zoë Marriott does not look the way I have always pictured her, which is, I suddenly realize, like Zoë from Firefly. Now it makes sense! I was like, "Why did I just assume she looked like that?" But obviously it is a mystical Zoë connection.

  2. Zoë Marriott has made a Pinterest board of images that inspire her in the planning of a story she has in mind, and this is THE BEST IDEA EVER. I only recently joined Pinterest, or else I like to think this might have occurred to me already, but: BRILLIANCE.

My only concern about this latter point (I can't say I feel concerns about the former point - Zoë Marriott is allowed to look like or not look like any science fiction character she pleases) is the dubious legality of posting many images on Pinterest. Legality and ethics, actually - even if people couldn't make a legal case over it, I do think the creator of an image should be able to choose how that image is used. My impression is that a vast number of the images appearing on Pinterest appear there without permission and do not properly credit their creators. I would hate to contribute to that. On the other hand, I feel it would be very difficult to create such an inspiration board entirely out of images that are explicitly pinnable as per their creators.

Anyone have thoughts about this? Good places to find images that can be legally and ethically stuck on one's Pinterest board? Thoughts on the questions of legality and ethics involved? I figure that if I were to make such a board just for myself, and not share it with anyone, I'd feel a lot less squirmy about including whatever images I wanted. But if I were to, say, link to it on my blog, I'd want to be absolutely sure that every image on it could legitimately be there. Opinions?

On a different note, it seems like everyone's linking to this (AS THEY SHOULD BE), but if you haven't seen the article "We Have Always Fought", check it out. Funny, readable, hard-hitting, and true.
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Anica Lewis

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from: anicalewis
date: Jun. 2nd, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)

I've heard some discussion about it, too. And I do believe photographers should get to control their own images. I've seen photographers writing about how it's unfair that people expect to get their work for free. One pointed out that it's rare for people to expect anyone outside of certain creative fields to do her or his job without getting properly paid for it. As a writer, I wouldn't want to publish something and then have people pirate it, so I definitely sympathize with wanting fair compensation for one's work!

Plus, yeah, who wants to get sued? :P

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"Also, I can kill you with my brain."

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from: toastedcheese
date: May. 31st, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)

Oh boy do I ever have opinions about this!

I agree; in a professional context it's generally a bad idea to repost stuff without permission. Do professionals do it anyway? Oh yes, they do. There seems to be a bit of a double standard for blogs v. Pinterest/Tumblr/etc.

To be fair, if you only posted images where the creator was at least identified, standard Internet etiquette would be satisfied. But it would still be illegal and some artists would still not be pleased. As you say, creators should have at least some control over what happens to their work.

To answer your question about what you can legally & ethically share: anything that's released under Creative Commons, anything that the content creator uploaded to Pinterest in the first place (or which has a "Pin Me" button on the page), anything in the public domain, anything for which the artist has a line on their website saying, "Go ahead and share stuff as long as you credit me."

I actually have an entire document about copyrighted images on the web that I wrote for work and can share with you if you think it would be helpful.

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Anica Lewis

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from: anicalewis
date: Jun. 2nd, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)

Haha, I thought you might have opinions!

Good point about Creative Commons, as there are a lot of good images out there under that license. I've used some of them (with credit, as directed) for things like book trailers and library posters. One could probably make a pretty good Pinterest board using just those images.

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