Art, design and all that is valuable in this area has always been an interest of Capsule’s. We are in what some call the “graphic arts” business and while we never use that phrase, our appreciation for art is always present. In the last couple of weeks there have been a few events converging which bring up some interesting issues. Here’s the first, the photo libraries have autobots which go out into the digital world to identify photos which are being used without permission or are beyond their term of rights.
I am getting to know Pinterest. And it’s definitely a drag queen. If you create categories for people to organize their life, their interests, and their dreams into, they will do one of two things. They will only include those items that fit within the categories and leave the rest out or they will force the square pegs of their actual lives into the round holes provided for them to store their stuff.
Let’s just start out with the obvious. Pinterest is incredibly girly. There’s the first good reason to avoid this hot new social networking site. Everything I avoid on Facebook is there. Cats, cats and more cats. Cats in clothes. Videos of cats stalking throw pillows, attacking beams of light and tying themselves up in brightly colored string.
Pinterest, a play on words of “pin” and “interest,” is a virtual, online “pin board,” where user’s can organize and share things they find on the web. While Pinterest is attracting a loyal community of social media users, the site is also the source of some concern for those same users and owners of intellectual property. Full Story
Last week, we posted a link to an article that examines some of the common myths about Pinterest’s Terms of Service. Most of the myths could be filed under the heading of “who owns what.” For example, some people had (incorrectly) opined that Pinterest owns everything that is posted on the site. Pinterest has apparently been paying attention to the confusion because it recently announced that it would change its Terms of Service, effective April 6, 2012. Full Story