Right. Maybe Pinterest doesn't explicitly state on its home page: "Here's where you can pin copyrighted content that you don't own! Want suggestions? Here's a database full of them!" But that's pretty much the underlying and unspoken message of the site. Without that, there's really no site there.
In other words, if your site can't exist without abuse of copyrighted content, then you don't have a great model.
I do worry about the tendency to focus on mindless flipping through content on the Web. And I feel concerned that those who are rearranging the photos of others on a virtual pin board feel like they're "creating" something.
That's the word, Nicole: "blatant." I'm not sure the DMCA provides a safe haven for sites which are hosting blatantly infringing content. I suppose Pinterest is going to argue that each individual example isn't blatant - but of course, the whole thrust of the site is blatant copyright infringement.
Let me begin now to scour the web for positive content about Pinterest, everyone's favorite whipping boy. Aside from the legal issues involved are people concerned that others might just be wasting their time on Pinterest mindlessly flipping thru pages of photos much like in a Dr's waiting room?
Can we all look forward to the day when the powers that be let the anvil fall and Pinterest is just a hazy memory or will it continue to thrive under the radar to everyone's immense annoyance.
Pinterest is a really bad model. The site was designed for people to upload and share other people's copyrighted content. Not only is that bad for the legal reasons, but it leaves very little room for a real business model.
Even YouTube wasn't this blatant, as it billed itself as a site for people to broadcast themselves. Yes, it became overrun with copyrighted materials, but that's the nature of the beast. And no, Google hasn't handled this properly.
Pinterest could've been something different. It could've made deals with marketers, retailers, photographers, that allowed people to "pin" their content and buy that content straight from the site. Not only are users then creating their own boards of stuff they like, or whatever it is that gets people excited on Pinterest, but they're able to purchase through the site, AND Pinterest rids itself of legal troubles and revenue woes.
But alas. No. They go with the silliest model and hire a lawyer so they can say they've done nothing wrong. It's annoying to say the least.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
Google's Knowledge Graph concept of returning the "right answer" might change the Internet if it becomes a common practice, but it could also contaminate the answers with commericalism or hurt Google's own business. Can they navigate these choices?
Yahoo's new CEO can't go back to what Yahoo was; that's how it got to what it is! Instead she has to look at something that Yahoo has always rejected, which is a relationship with the telcos and cablecos. They'd love a partner in creating service applications.
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