Pinterest's Pernicious Terms of Service
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 10/04/2012 14:09
Pinterest's Terms of Service has been gaining widespread attention lately in the tech press. It began in late February with a blogpost from a lawyer "tearfully deleting" a Pinterest page because she feared potential legal liability for posting professional photographs, and gained a steady stream of press through March.
The photographer/lawyer, Kirsten Kowalski, was concerned about her legal liability because she often "pinned" professional photographs (her own and others) to her Pinterest board. She deleted one of her Pinterest boards after looking at Pinterest's Terms of Service because those terms compel users to assume all legal risk in using the site, and to indemnify, or agree to reimburse, the company for any losses connected to accessing and using the site.