Do you belong to Pinterest? If you do than you legally agreed with this statement:
By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content only on, through or by means of the Site, Application or Services.
As a photographer I am the SOLE copyright owner of any photograph I take. I grant "RIGHTS USAGE" to all of my clients. My clients have the "right" to use my photographs for any and all purposes related to the promotion of their business or brand. Sometimes my clients join forces and receive a "multi-party" rights usage of photographs, i.e. the Architect and the Designer. What I DID NOT grant is the right of "COLD BREW LABS" to "adapt, modify, distribute, license, transfer, SELL, stream..."
That is called copyright infringement, period.
So now what do we do? I want all of my clients to get as much publicity as possible from the photographs I am contracted to provide. I want my clients' to Blog, Facebook, Tweet and promote themselves through every available channel, whether print or digital.
BUT, I cannot and will not allow "Cold Brew Labs" to profit, NOR should YOU!
Social Media, has brought more designers together than at any other moment in time. I am only ONE voice, but together we can VOICE our sentiment that Cold Brew Labs start taking copyright infringement more seriously and amend their contract with it's users.
Because the only difference between Pinterest and Napster is Napster was the illegal sharing of millions of copyrighted songs whose copyright owners where few. Pinterest is the illegal sharing of millions of photographs whose copyright owners are in the millions.
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