It was with great sadness I took down ninety percent of my Pinterest pages today. It’s just too hard to go back and try to find where photographs originated and get permission to use them. I had hundreds of photos there. The saddest part for me was that I love looking at those boards myself. I’ve chosen images that make me happy.

It’s only right, however. Although I don’t personally go after people who are pirating my books, it is the right of all artists to be credited and paid for their work. As much as we love to see those images, not all artists are okay with us spreading them around the internet. They get to control their work, and that’s the way it should be.

I’m not giving up on Pinterest. I’m still going to post my own images, and images from people I can get permission from. But let me tell you, I don’t have time to spend hours a day hunting down the copyright owners for dozen of photos. It’s easy just to repin an image you find on the internet or on Pinterest itself, that’s why we’re all doing it. Obtaining permission requires a different level of commitment.

So from here on out it’s my images, images from Creative Commons or those I can get permission to use. I’m only sorry I can’t continue to share the beautiful stuff I find in the webs. There are so many great images. But you can be sure that if I do share I’ve obtained permission!

7/25/12, 10:00 am – eta – Here is the link to the original post I read: Bloggers Beware, and creative commons where you can find images.

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londonmabel August 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Good heavens. I’ve never worried cause my blog has such a minimal following and I’m not writing for profit (no ads), but if things are tightening up out here in the Wild West… I guess I’ll have to change my outlaw ways!


Judy, Judy, Judy July 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I have trouble following pinterest anyway. I’ll probably just take my account down entirely.


BarbN July 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Usually when you pin something on pinterest, it retains its link to its source. You may have to click on it two or three times, but you get back to the original, which is still intact. That is how you get to the actual recipe for all those gorgeous food pictures, or how you get to (say) Pottery Barn for the information on how to purchase the beautiful rug on someone’s pinterest board. I don’t worry about those, because it’s not any different than posting a link on my blog– “this is a great recipe/review/post, you should check it out and here is the link.” In a way, you’re providing free advertising for them. But if an image has lost its link and there is no way to get back to the person who originally posted the picture, then it is not right to have it on my boards. I should go through and check mine to make sure, good reminder.


BarbN July 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

OK, more thoughts after going and actually reading the post you linked to. apparently having the link back to the original source is not enough. BUT, on the other hand, I’ve never (ever) used a picture on my blog that wasn’t my own, so it’s only pinterest I have to worry about. Wait. I take that back– I used a xkcd comic once, but he has instructions on his website for how to share or imbed his comics, so I think that’s OK. I still think I’m not going to worry about sites that are clearly in favor of increasing their traffic by people linking back to them. but you’re right, it is more complicated than I realized.


Kate George July 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

Karen, for more specifics here is a link to the blog where I read about it:

It looks as though any images from are okay as well. You can always ask for permission, but that’s a huge time suck for something that used to be so easy. If a blog has a Pinterest button the assumption is that permission is granted – but I could be wrong about that too.


KarenB July 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

If I pin something from say Pottery Barn and I say it’s from Pottery Barn, is that okay? I don’t really get how this works. How do you know if a picture is in the public domain or not?


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