You need to read the Terms of Service — Pinterest

I’ve been playing around with Pinterest; getting the feel for how it’s used and how it could be used. And I’ve been sharing links and resources about this social network.

So far I’ve been happy with it. I can see some potential on its user personally and professionally. And the fact that it just broke 10 million US monthly unique visitors helps. 

Then I read this: “How your business could get sued for using Pinterest” (from the Boston Business Journal). Now I’m a bit concerned. 

BizJournal writer Galen Moore points to two excerpts from the terms of service that should give all of us pause:

 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.


… you represent and warrant that: (i) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to Cold Brew Labs the rights in such Member Content, as contemplated under these Terms.

That’s a very big promise to be making about pictures of Vera Bradley purses, cupcakes from Crave, and my favorite tech toys from… everywhere.

Anyone know some actual law? I’d love to know how much liability each of the two million users is entertaining.

By the way, I’m not going to stop using Pinterest. I’m just going to pause before I start encouraging my clients and bosses to use it. 

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