This is not my typical post, but I thought this was extremely disturbing...and illegal...so I wanted to share. Let me point out, I'm not a Super-Pinner or anything. I don't pin a million things a day, but anyone who knows me knows I sing the praises of Pinterest for EVERYTHING!
Back in September, I threw Natalie a Fancy Nancy party and got all of my ideas off of Pinterest. I even made a special board called "For My Natty Bratty." A board name very customized to me and my daughter - the reason I was throwing the party. Because honestly I don't care who looks at my Pinboards, I don't need them for blog traffic and am not really concerned about them being helpful to others. Yes, a shocker.
One pin in particular (that I pinned myself as an original pin) has caught on like wildfire over the last few weeks and was re-pinned over 160 times. My description was "Treats for the Fancy Nancy Party. Love the M&Ms." Here's the original site because I LOVED this idea, pinned it and totally used the tutorial as the author intended. Marshmallow Treat Pops. Lots of REAL people repinned it too, don't get me wrong. This pin probably drove plenty of legitimate traffic to its original (and deserving) site.
I got so sick of being notified of its multiple re-pins that I un-pinned it over the weekend. I then went on and searched "Fancy Nancy" and was shocked to find that not only are people STEALING the original author's photo, they are using my name, my description and my very customized board name and linking them out to spam sites.
Photo Credits: The Hostess with the Mostess
My point: I don't know what you as a Pinner or Blogger should DO about this. Just be cautioned. Maybe if you see one of your pins running rampant, take it down? I don't know what the answer is. However, I don't really want MY name being associated with offers from criminals.
I also feel horrible and somewhat responsible for having the original author's intellectual property stolen. Obviously, back in September I had no idea of the Pinterest IP uproar that occurred recently, but I pinned this using Pinterest the way it was intended - because I loved the idea, I knew other people would use it and thought the author should totally get traffic from a kick-ass idea.
She put her tutorial out there for people like me to find and use, not for scammers to abuse.
This is what Pinterest intended, isn't it?
Please feel free share this post and warn others. If not for anything else, but to keep YOUR NAME from being used in the description.