Every teen, and now most adults, are involved in social media in some form. Facebook and Twitter are the most popular, but a newer site, Pinterest is gaining ground. Pinterest allows users to post pictures and images on a virtual bulletin board. That raises a lot of legal and copyright issues. Ruth Carter, SV Class of ’97, just completed law school and passed the Arizona State Bar. Her field of practice is in copyright and intellectual property law particularly on the Internet. And Pinterest has become a major focus of Carter’s. Carter writes on her blog:
“So Where Does Copyright Come Into Play?
Copyright protection is extended to any original work of authorship that is fixed in a tangible medium. You don’t have to register it with the U.S. Copyright Office to get this protection. When you have a copyright in a picture or other work, you have the exclusive right to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and to make derivative works based on your work. If you take a picture, you have the exclusive right to decide where it will be displayed, including on which websites. When someone pins your picture and adds it to their Pinterest board, they likely made a copy of it without your permission. That’s a violation of the Copyright Act.”
Check out the news coverage Carter received in Arizona.