Last week at the Cleveland Print Fair I heard a few people mention that they found pinterest to be a great way to sell their work! So I went to check it out today and realized there was this little gem in the user agreement that I, for once, actually decided to read.
b. How Pinterest and other users can use your content.
You grant Pinterest and its users a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, store, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute your User Content on Pinterest solely for the purposes of operating, developing, providing, and using the Products. Nothing in these Terms shall restrict other legal rights Pinterest may have to User Content, for example under other licenses. We reserve the right to remove or modify User Content for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or our policies.
c. How long we keep your content:
Following termination or deactivation of your account, or if you remove any User Content from Pinterest, we may retain your User Content for a commercially reasonable period of time for backup, archival, or audit purposes. Furthermore, Pinterest and its users may retain and continue to use, store, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute any of your User Content that other users have stored or shared through Pinterest.
So I guess my question is - while re-pins are fine, I don’t want people modifying my work? I understand if it’s a crafts/inspiration/idea thing that people are supposed to modify and use but if I plan to post my art am I going to have to be legitimately concerned that someone might actually take my work?
Maybe I’m misreading above but it just makes me extremely wary to see that sort of thing. I wish there was a way for people who are producing original “for-sale” type creative content to opt out of the whole bolded section of clause 2.b