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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