Just had this pin brought to my attention (thanks F!).
The comment above is the tag below the pin and it has been re-pinned all over the place, it took me nearly an hour of slightly obsessive trawling to find the original pin, where the ‘tutorial’ note was added (the very original pinner just has ‘birdies’ under the image, which is fine). I know, I know, life’s too short, I should have better things to do etc, but this does really p*ss me off. I’m good for people re-pinning my photos/work, if they simply link to the original page/image and there’s a note of the designer (me!) but this makes me worry people think this is originally a tutorial so it’s fine to copy the design. It’s not. I work hard to make a living from my designs and this just seems a bit mean and not very responsible pinning.
Oh well. I’m sure my momentary crossness will pass. Where’s the wine.
UPDATE: So the pinner who added the making comments has removed them on her board and apologised – fair enough, I respect her doing that. Shame all the re-pins still feature in so many tutorial boards and the pin comments added stay there.
It’s brought up some interesting responses (thanks everyone!) about the love/hate relationship of Pinterest. I do pin….about as well as I tweet (so hardly ever) and I don’t have a problem with pinning in general as long as people credit the designer very clearly in the image title. I feel the same way about images being used in blogworld, let’s face it, it’s all good publicity….at least it is if done responsibly but that’s the problem I guess, everyone’s idea of responsible pinning is different and let’s face it many people couldn’t care less about the original pin source.
To pin or not to pin….that is the question!