Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pinterest


Are you a Pinterest user? I've had an account for awhile, but truly don't take the time to check it very often.

However, while looking around today I stumbled across a subject of interest to me -- Intellectual Freedom. The question was about who owns the content on the Pinterest website. Since it's a social sharing site, people pin and re-pin all the time. See the discussion here.

What was suggested is that I (the original pinner) must be certain to have permission from the site I am 'borrowing' an image from. This can be a problem if there is no direct permission to use the image.

One of the solutions seems to be to give direct permission on my site, in this case, my blog. However, since many of the images that I post on the blog already come from other sites, this is still a bit of a problem. I always put the link to an image I use so that anyone can click the image and see where it originates.

I think that the permission I would want to grant is for Original Content which I may create; like the red button above that I made using Paint on my computer.

But, because I post a lot of photos of students, I certainly am not giving permission for those to be pinned and used over again.

The deeper the education community gets into social media the more these challenges will surface. In the meantime, I will continue to follow leaders in education about how to manage privacy and Intellectual Freedom. 

I welcome your feedback and input!

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