Pinterest Reassures Users Over Copyright Concerns

Social networking site releases statement
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2012 1:38 PM CDT
This screen shot taken Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, shows a page of women's products from   (AP Photo/Pinterest)

(Newser) – Pinterest is quickly following up on the copyright concerns that were recently raised by a lawyer and photographer, whose blog post on the potential issues went viral on the social networking site. "Pinterest is a platform for people to share their interests through collections of images, videos, commentary, and links they can share with friends. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides safe harbors for exactly this type of platform," the company says in a statement.

The statement goes on to assure that Pinterest, which allows users to "pin" images from around the web on their own personal "pinboards," will respond to any alleged copyright infringements and will continue to improve the process with copyright lawyers. YouTube and other sites use a similar strategy, the Washington Post notes. In its statement, Pinterest also notes that it aims to drive traffic "to original content sources," and because of that, content creators have had "overwhelmingly positive feedback" for the site.

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