said 7 months ago:
Ann, glad you brought up the pinterest-shopping place link, as that reminded me of why I think Pinterest WILL get bigger and better, despite my previous fears of a copyright meltdown at some point.
As I was wracking my brain and pushing my nerves past the brink trying to find NEW and different and PRETTY pictures to use on Pinterest, without having to pay for them but still being upright and legal… it dawned on me a never-ending supply of pictures I could use WITH permission… if I would just sign up as an affiliate. Then I could pick and choose without remorse or lawsuit. And after I thought more about that and started to poke around a bit, I must say I noticed that the prettiest pictures you’ll find are often straight from a wealthy manufacturer whose paid for quality photos to promote their commercial products, brands, and endeavors. A perfect supplier of a bottomless pit of “copyrighted” photos who never mind if I use them without payment.
Aha! I know there are still limitations, but give me one quality image for free and I can turn that thing into 50 different quality images and produce 100 videos in one hour. I can be a busy little be with a good image, lol! And I have NEVER been told by a product developer or manufacturer that I could NOT use their photo collection to promote their products.
Now… how you use those copyrighted photos, make Pinterest happy, make the product owner happy, and not blatantly get in your reader’s/viewers’/friends’ faces in a way that tics them off is… well… an art.
But it really is a great resource of free, usable, endless supply of quality images… if you’ll just agree to use them, deliver your message, make everyone happy, and sell something all at the same time.
Just my thoughts…