Jeff Roberts, a copyright lawyer, reports on Pinterest.
There's hardly anywhere you can go online now without Pinterest coming up in the discussion or seeing a link to the site. And it's not a bad site. Clever idea and implementation.
The buzz is similar to what Facebook had in the early days. It was voted one of Time magazine's top 50 sites of 2011.
But, it sounds like they're getting inundated with copyright violation complaints and claims that they are a haven for copyright violation.
What's your take? Exploitative of copyright holders ... or just a reflection of how the web works nowadays? Destined to last or just a flash in the pan?For Pinterest, the legal issues are not cut and dry. On one hand, its notification scheme should grant it a “safe harbor” under copyright law. It is this law that protects sites like Facebook or YouTube from being sued when a user uploads copyrighted material.
But on the other hand, Pinterest’s business is based almost entirely on using images without permission—something that could lead it to lose its safe harbor protection in the same way that Grokster did.