Terms of Service (TOS) AnalysisThis slideshow summarises the TOS of the online service Pinterest and pin-points some key issues found therein. The terms analysed here were effective as of the 6th of April 2012. They can be found here: http://pinterest.com/about/terms/
Pinterest isa virtual pin-board.Pinterest lets registered userscreate pin-boards where you canpinonline content you findinteresting, helpful or desirable.
Users share their pin-boards for friends or the public to see and most content found on Pinterest can be re-pinned to your own pin-boards.
Issues Surrounding the useof Pinterest1. Ownership2. Copyright3. Surveillance4. Freedom of Expression
Ownership "Anything that you pin, post, display, or otherwise make available on our Service,including all Intellectual Property Rights in such content, is referred to as “User Content.” You retain all of your rights in all of the User Content you post to our Service." Pinterest TOS
Ownership Unlike other social networks, Pinterest does not take ownership of materials you post on their service. But. Just because you pin online materials to your pin-board, does not mean you take ownership of that content.
OwnershipPinterest also relinquishes allresponsibilities in regards to anycontent being stolen, used,distributed or pinned on the servicewithout consent or permission fromthe owner/creator.That responsibility resides withYOU!
Copyright "Subject to any applicable account settings you select, you grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, display,reproduce, re-pin, modify (e.g., re-format), re-arrange, anddistribute your User Content on Pinterest for the purposes of operating and providing the Service(s) to you and to our other Users." Pinterest TOS
Copyright"Nothing in these Terms shall restrict Pinterest’s rights under separatelicenses to User Content." Pinterest TOS Pinterest can do whatever they want with the content you pin, within the service...
Copyright Whether or not you are the rightful owner of pinned intellectual propertywithin Pinterest, you automatically give Pinterest a non-exclusive right to do whatever they choose, with said content, within Pinterest."...use, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify (e.g., re-format), re-arrange, and distribute your User Content..." Pinterest TOS
Surveillance "When you visit the Service, whether as aregistered User or a non-registered User justbrowsing, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website."
Surveillance This type of surveillance is common practice with many social platforms. Log Data is used to serve up suitable advertisements to the users interests and cookies are placed on your computer to monitor your movements online.
Freedom of Expression"We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to remove User Content from the Service for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or the Pinterest Acceptable Use Policy."
Freedom of Expression Pinterests world-view is reflected in their Acceptable Use Policy...Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, though Pinterest will not tolerate online materials that are offensive to other users.
Freedom of ExpressionThe types of offensive contentPinterest does not tolerateincludes racism, pornography andabusive material.If you pin offensive content onPinterest, it is likely that it will beremoved.
PinterestPinterest takes the least amount of responsibilities they can in providing their service to you. They even label themselves as a passive conduit for the interactions that take place. You are responsible for your actions within Pinterest. Be careful what you pin, and try to abide by the Terms of Service.
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