Why support copyright beyond simple acknowledgement?
Well, there are obvious legal and practical reasons. Failing to obviously follow copyright laws has legal implications - lawsuits and fines and such. Depending on you isp/domain host, even the hint of a copyright challenge (this is more common in University communities) may be enough to get services suspended. I like blogging. I like access to the internet. I don't like being tangled up in legal procedures. I really don't like paying unnecessary bills for legal services.
But there is also the spirit of copyright. Not only do copyright laws at a federal level protect fair use (see here), but people can choose who they want to share intellectual property with while retaining ownership via variations of the creative commons license. How awesome is that? There are a whole group of people who are happy to share what they've made. Now I understand that there's a large segment of the population that makes a living from the images they've created, and they want to maximize revenue/profitability. This blog is a hobby, and I prefer the content to fit squarely within a like-minded community.
'Fair-use' as a challenge
I like (healthy) challenges. I like seeing how I respond to new and unexpected situations, learning and personal growth. Per EFF:
isn't this what blogging is all about? Taking inspiration from the world and making it one's own? Even if only to say "I tried X and did/didn't like it because ...". So the challenge here is to be original. got it.uses that serve a different audience or purpose are more likely fair
Can you reuse content from this blog, "Random Musings"?
Absolutely! I do ask that you: (1) attribute the author (me) in some way (2) share any derivations freely and (3) don't make money from the content directly. This is probably overkill for the quality of "stuff" on this site, but oh well. Just remember that any content from a 3rd party is subject to their choice of copyright.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
If you are interested in reproducing my work in a commercial setting (e.g. a monetized blog), please contact me directly (rbbrducky26 'at' gmail 'dot' com) for permission. It will not unreasonably be withheld.
Any other reasons for dropping Pinterest?
Yep. I get annoyed clicking thru a bunch of repins - usually in hopes of seeing a tutorial or additional pics - only to find that it was a google image search. Sometimes there are so many repins that I give up. Pinterest also strips metadata from the original image. The argument is that the links and Pinterest interface is substantially transformative (see here for discussion). While that may be absolutely correct (i.e. legal) from the perspective of Cold Brew Labs, the ToS requires that I personally take responsibility for respecting copyrights of anything on my boards and grant Pinterest the right to reproduce/republish content for profit, rights I don't always have access to. Since I do have the ability to support fair-use in the scope of this blog, Pinterest becomes a problematic approach to sharing inspiration.
It appears that Pinterest *has* changed terms of service, (see here for a discussion). The new terms are better, but still place the onus on individual users to take responsibility for ensuring that copyrights are being followed (and pay for Pinterest's legal services). Under the new TOS (which took effect yesterday), my statements above hold as long as I only pin from my own pics, which kinda defeats the purpose of an inspiration board, no? The private boards look promising (if it's private, it's not publishing) - fingers crossed!