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Flickr is a Tool for KICKstarter.

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KICKstarter is just like all the other social networking sites.
...each one has formatting tricks to learn. The HELP menu on KICKstarter is kind of confusing and not comprehensive.  It took me days to figure out how to add images to my "story". The secret was.....FLICKR.

In the "story" option for your KICKstarter project there is a place to insert an image, but it asks for a URL. The images are not uploaded to KICKstarter, the images must be hosted on another site. Flickr or Photobucket were listed as options.

Next problem, how to find the URL of a Flickr image. The URL must have a image file extension like JPG or PNG. Knowing how to find the URL for an image can be a handy skill. It works for Pinterest too.

BELOW are instruction to find the URL of an image.  

1. Pick an image on Flickr that you want to copy and paste into your story.

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2.  CLICK on the Flickr image.

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3. RIGHT CLICK on the image  pick a size of the image...  I suggest Medium or Large.

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4. RIGHT CLICK again to see a menu.

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5. Select the option View Image Info


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6. A pop-up will offer the image URL with the JPG or PNG extension.

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Highlighted above in green is the image URL.  http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6167/6164885784_cd79ab9b75_b.jpg

TIP: The instructions on KICKstarter say "Copy Image Location" but no such phrase or terms were used on Flickr, so it was really confusing.

Doing a KICKstarter project the first time is a real challenge.  There is so much to learn to create a successful project but it seems there are people that do repeat KICKstarter projects (one person I found had founded 72 projects)! 


FACEBOOK Personal Profile goes Professional on KICKSTARTER

My experience using KICKSTARTER to finance a future video continues to be a revelation on many levels. The learning curve is demanding.

One KICKSTARTER requirement is that you MUST link to your Facebook personal profile, not your business page. Yes, indeed, your Facebook Personal Profile is now professional as well. 

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This is what KICKSTARTER says:

"If you're a creator, it's a great way to let backers know a little bit more about you. It doesn't mean you have to accept random friend requests or make your entire profile public, but it's an easy way to show backers you're a real person. You can also adjust the privacy settings of your Facebook account to better control what new visitors see."

REALITY CHECK:
FACEBOOKprofileYour Facebook personal profile needs to be managed
as if you were cautioning your teenage son or daughter about what to post on line. Everything seems to be moving to a level of transparency in the Internet community. Control of your privacy starts with what you post. And Facebook is never particularly private despite "privacy settings."

Recently, I heard that employers are asking for Facebook profile passwords. In other words, they want to "see all" about their prospective employees. While of course you could say "no", if you wanted a job in this tough economy, wouldn't you say "yes".

FacebookMy decision long ago was  to keep my Facebook personal profile as a professional page. Everything posted on my Facebook is what I want everyone to see because privacy on the Internet is non-existent. 

Facebook is a great tool, please be my friend on Facebook. I look forward to meeting new people in this forum.

Harriete


How to Get An Article About Your Work!

Getting an article about your work in a local newspaper or magazine is always a bit of luck, and a good measure of preparation. From what I've seen, it takes three things, 1) a good "story", 2) great images, and 3) a personal letter to a writer or editor.

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Press releases won't get it.
While press releases may be handy dandy, and you think that you are doing something, in my experience they are close to worthless, i.e. "busy work."  Sorry to bust the myth, but I've never seen the payoff.  Sure, I dutifully send them out, but press releases always seem generic and boring . . . and I don't know who picks up on them.

What got my latest article was the one and only thing I believe in... a personal letter (or email) to a person.  Sometimes your are reaching out to find a contact person.  You may not know them, yet, or haven't talked to them in years, but yes, the personal touch is the "key".   Sometimes you have to begin by just picking a name out of the newspaper, magazine, or web site and start a personal communication.

To get a story, look for a writer or editor:

  1. give them one or two short paragraphs about why this is a great "story";
  2. tell them who, what, when and where;
  3. add a few great photos, but only 2-3 small jpgs (less than 2 MB max);

Never use bulk emails.  This is the worst possible solution for trying to capture a writer or editor's attention. If you can't write to them one on one, why would they give you an extra minute?

I'd like to hear if anyone has any experience that they can offer in this regard. How do you get articles?

Harriete

The above image is from the Palo Alto Weekly March 23, 2012 edition about my current show at the Anita Seipp Gallery, Castilleja School. Article writer is Karla Kane, Editor  Rebecca Wallace, and the photographer is Veronica Weber. Download PaloAltoWeekly3.23.12PDF


Reevaluating Life - Get $h!+ Done

Pencil Master My March 2012 experiment with KICKstarter was a real awakening, a roller coaster ride on the learning curves of two new worlds -- entering an unfamiliar social networking domain of the internet's long tail, and the world of documentary video production.

Harriete laughing at Reception3.22.124x6.72Combined with the unfolding exhibition of Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin, these events and revelations have caught me up a whirlwind of thoughts and impressions.  After a 4+ year odyssey of fabrication, I am reflecting on a post from Chase Jarvis titled "Hit List: 13 Things Crucial For Your Success [In Any Field".  I recommend reading every word.

Chase's #1 tip is "Get Shit Done".

For four years, I felt like I was limping along on the pencils. I couldn't work on it every day.  Shows came up that needed new works to be made.  Making work to sell gets in the way. Life gets in the way.  But I'd force myself to work on it every chance I could.

Interesting pencilsAnd I would torture myself as well.  Making a sculpture 28 feet wide and 15 feet tall from pencils is ridiculous! How will it look? Will it hang as planned? Will it ever get done? A combination of the simplest of art media - a pencil, a little thoughtful engineering, and tedious hours of assembly.  But the vision of a hand crafted work to carry a message that the arts have a value and place in education AND that standardized testing has become overemphasized in education kept me going.

I naively started the KICKstarter project and already learned an enormous amount.  Each media and every social network has its own learning curve...so does KICKstarter. Reading the HELP menu doesn't adequately prepare you for what it takes to run a successful project on KICKstarter.

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Before you start KICKstarter project be prepared with a lot of research, in advance. During the project, it requires a huge investment in developing momentum and visibility.

PS.  I hired a video editor yesterday! More information about making a documentary video in another post. 


Posted Job Opening - What a Successful Response looks like!

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Interviewing for a video editor position
has been an eye opening experience. Looking at 20+ resumes in less than 24 hours from one job posting has given me real insight to a successful reply for an opportunity.

PENCILbikeCoasterRED_72vertical.greenAfter an afternoon of interviewing editors for a "phase one" video, these are my observations for what a great reply looks like (perhaps for any opportunity).

1. Personalize the reply. Briefly make a case about why you want to work on the job, be in the show, or why this opportunity resonates with you.

2. Describe the job skills you have that fit the job.

3. Respond immediately. Don't wait. There may be so many other applicants for the opportunity that the requestor may stop looking.

4. If a phone number is included in the opportunity, phone immediately.

5. If the email is included, email immediately.

6. If the phone and email are included, do both. It shows you are really interested.

7. Include links to previous projects, artwork or other information that is relevant. An online presence including a web site is essential. Include multiple links if you want, but if you don't include this information right from the beginning your introduction seems incomplete.

8. Include your resume either in the email or as an attachment (even if they didn't ask for it).

9. Include your email address and phone number in the body or signature of the email. Yes, I know the email is at the top, but if a person is overwhelmed by the responses, it is very hard to keep track of everything. By including your email and phone number, it will be easy to contact you during the decision making process.

P.S. This is a super amazing antique pencil I found. The top has an enamel clip that says," Use the Atherton Coaster Brake for Bicycles." Pencils have a lot to say.


The Amazing Search for an Editor

Camera7745In the process of producing a video, I have to hire a lot of help.  A $5,000 grant from the Applied Materials Foundation through the Arts Council of Silicon Valley AMAT_Foundation_Logo_v3s certainly helped to pay for superb talent to video tape and produce a video of the Pencil Symposium. To satisfy the grant requirements, this segment must be completed by April 30. Yikes.

Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin close up image So this morning I placed a job offering online with BAVC.   I had no idea what to expect. I wanted to find an editor who is willing to work within the budget and continue working with me later on a more in depth video to be funded by my KICKSTARTER PROJECT. If the KICKSTARTER doesn't reach its goal, I will need a Plan B.

AlarmclockgreenWOW!  Within a couple of hours the response was overwhelming as a dozen people responded -- with some truly amazing candidates. The upside: lots of options for selecting an editor. The downside is more than seven hours spent on interviews and watching online videos.

Professional editors want to work on this project. Each of these editors had a commercial or corporate rate, but they are interested in working with artists on a creative project.
Even experienced editors
will charge less to share in the video objectives supporting the messages in  Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin   and the KICKSTARTER PROJECT.  This is something to consider if you ever want to produce a video.

NebulaI am going to share an amazing video "Creating the Nebula". The video is on Wired web site. CLICK on the previous link and watch it. You won't believe this kinetic sculpture in the Hilton Anatole hotel lobby in Dallas, Texas.  Edited by Michael Lennon.  He edited this video (with two other editors) from 1,000 hours of footage. The video reveals the design and fabrication process.He is one of four top candidates.

Harriete


Wearing Rhinocerus Hide is the New Black

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If you read the previous post on ASK Harriete, you know that I am working on making a video titled, Pencils Make a Point.

Camera man  David L. Brown and sound guy Stephen Longstreth  working  on technical difficultiesA KICKSTARTER project has been launched to raise the $10,000 needed to cover the video production expenses. I already have 10 hours of raw video footage, and only need 5 hours more, to prepare for the editing, color correction, custom music, and seemingly endless other technical details.

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Rhinoceros--ceratotherium-simumThis KICKSTARTER project is very scary.
  All or nothing is the structure on KICKSTARTER. If the funding goal is not reached no money changes hands and the pledges are never called.  I need some thick Rhino skin to withstand the tension.

25 days left to raise the money for video!  In the meantime, each day (if I can) I will share professional obstacles, issues, and observations about 1) producing a video and 2) working with KICKSTARTER.

Recommendation to All Artists and Makers:
KICKSTARTER is not for the thin skinned or faint of heart. Wearing rhinocerus hide is definitely the new black!

Harriete


Art, Pencils, Education from Harriete Estel Berman

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Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin installed at Anita Seipp Gallery
Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA


Four years of effort and thousands of pencils from all over the world are now threaded together in this installation highlighting the impact of standardized testing on our educational system.

Your invited to the public reception.
Thursday, March 22
, 6-8pm at the Anita Seipp Gallery in Palo Alto, CA.

IMG_7747A documentary video in progress will include commentary from students and teachers about how standardized tests are affecting our education system at the expense of the arts, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. Video clips of the fabrication and installation of the sculpture offer viewers deeper insight into the creative process.

Pencil Symposium Students Waiting for the video taping of the discussionWaitingThanks to a $5,000 grant awarded by the Applied Materials Foundation through the Arts Council of Silicon Valley, a Pencil Symposium was filmed on March 15th at Castilleja School. Prompted by the sculpture, students from four local public and private high schools joined in a discussion about the impact of standardized testing on their education. See their responses here.

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Help create a voice for the arts
PencilPoint3763closeup72To help complete the full video, the project needs a final $10,000 of funding for video camera operators, audio recordings, editing, music, etc. A crowd source fundraising on KICKSTARTER is in progress until April 15, 2012. Please consider helping by informing your friends and pledging on KICKSTARTER. A wide range of pledge levels is available starting with the Pencil Makes a Point Postcard ($10 for a signed card) on up to the coveted Patron of the Arts Meets The Artist ($2,500 for a gourmet dinner for 4 prepared by Harriete plus a studio visit and DVD of the final video).
                                
See the rewards for every pledge level.  


Watch this short video clip about the project, it isn't professional quality, but it get the idea across.
 
 
Don't hesitate, pledge on Kickstarter before April 15th!
Guess what!
$445.00 is currently pledged toward the $10,000.00 goal.


What Will Happens Depends on You

My KICKSTARTER Project is LIVE and your help can make a difference!!!



Yes, your help can advocate for arts in education.

This KICKSTARTER project is perhaps the most uncertain thing that I have ever done, but crowd source funding is dependent on everyone helping a little to bring a big project to fruition. In this case, I am asking the arts community to support the making of a video.

Pencil Makes a Point KICKSTARTER PROJECTThe video Pencils Make a Point is about the impact of standardized testing on education and raises a voice for the arts in education.

Every contribution to this KICKSTARTER project will receive a reward. There are 11 different REWARDS for various levels from $10 to $2,500. Check all the rewards on my web site where each has a picture posted.


The goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the production of the 8-10 minute video.
If everyone on "Crafthaus" and my Facebook friends each give $10 the goal will be achieved. That is what crowd sourcing is all about!!!!!!! So far I have recieved $480.

Envelope1920I also created more personal Rewards for larger contributions. Reward images and descriptions are on my web site. Descriptions of the rewards (without the images) are also on KICKSTARTER.

If the $10,000 goal is not achieved on KICKSTARTER, no one is charged for their contribution. I also don't get any of the money. Poof! The project disappears. There are 26 days to bring this project to the goal.

Please share with you friends and family. The success of this entire project depends on you.

_MG_7078improvedDuring this 30 day campaign on KICKSTARTER, I will share the experience of making a documentary video, working with online sites, and tips you can use yourself in professional development for your own work.

All of the donations go to funding the expenses in producing a professional quality video such as camera operators, audio recording, video footage, editing, and music. Video is a very expensive medium usually costing $3,000 to $5,000 per minute. It is team effort. No wonder Hollywood budgets are so huge!.

If you are interested in more information about the four year project in creating the installation Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin, the documentation is available on my web site.
We're getting great support!!!!!!!!!.......

AMAT_Foundation_Logo_v3sSo far the project has had great success with a two page article in American Craft and a grant for $5,000 from Applied Materials Foundation for the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. (More information about this in another post.)

Please become part of the success with your donation.

For twelve years I have shared my "lessons learned through experience" in the Professional Guidelines, the Professional Development Seminar, and ASK Harriete. My goal is to help others succeed in their professional careers bringing their work to a larger audience.

Can I ask for your help to give a voice to arts in education?

Harriete


Art Documentaries Beyond Average, Be Inspired

I'm documenting a major new work using video . . . and hope to complete the making of a short video documentary during the coming year.  More on this later.

I am also taking a class on making Documentary Videos.  My mid-term exam is tomorrow. 

With full submersion into documentary video's I have watched quite a variety recently, and have gained new insight into the difficulty and demands of this medium.

Here are two suggestions for inspiring and insightful videos about the arts.

PinaPina
This film may still be at your local art house film theater as it was nominated for an Academy Award. See it on the big screen in 3D. Go to be inspired by one person's vision of artistic expression captured in an extraordinary dance documentary directed by Wim Wenders. If you love modern dance, you'll like it even more. Be prepared for seeing something you have never seen before far beyond average or predictable.     

HERBdOROTHYHerb and Dorothy
This unassuming film proves you don't have to have big bucks to support the arts. A postal clerk and a librarian, devoted to the arts and to one another, acquire art from emerging artists before they become famous.  Piece by piece, year after year, they assemble a world-class contemporary art collection that overflows their small rent-controlled apartment.  Eventually, the collection outgrows their modest home, and they share their collection across America. They gave their collection away even though it was worth millions because the value of their art collection was not about money. They did not want to sell their soul.

Much to my surprise, the film was funded through KICKSTARTER. Kickstarter-logo-light

Both of these films show that art can be about inspiration, insight, sincerity and soul.

Harriete


Are you steering without a compass? Failure is an inevitable cul-de-sac on the road to success.

Compass I listen to Charlie Rose every day (or at least every day if I can). Charlie Rose offers no nonsense interviews with the world's leaders in every walk of life or occupation from science, politics, actors, writers, politicians, directors, producers, and entrepreneurs. 

Charlie Rose I often find the speakers inspiring. These are the smartest, hardest working and usually, most articulate people in the world who are able to bring ideas and introspection to the plain wooden table of Charlie Rose.

Today, I want to share a couple of thoughts that may be helpful to artists and makers. Of  course, these quotes weren't really about art, or art careers, I have taken their words completely out of context, but their words of wisdom warrant being heard. In fact, I think they should be our mantra.

CharlesSchulzThe first quote is from an interview with  George Shultz, Former US Secretary of State from Monday, January 24, 2011. I have been savoring this for over a year now. He said, "If you don't have ideas, you don't have a compass." This opinion works for both our art work and for our careers. If we don't have a compass we don't know what direction we are going. It is very easy to get lost. We need a plan. We need a one year goal and a five year goal.

CharlieRosePeterGuberContinuing with inspiring thoughts from Peter Gruber on Charlie Rose - March 14, 2011
PETER GUBER:
  "Failure is an inevitable cul-de-sac on the road to success." 

"So the idea is you learn from it.  You don’t want to make the same mistake twice.  You want to be able to grow.  You want to be able to recognize that most of the stuff, the fear that you express is really false evidence appearing real.  It’s not, you know, it’s not always going to happen." 

COMPASSdrawing "So if you become, not immune to the failure, but you recognize that failure is a part of the process, when you take really good creative chances, when you really take good business chances, you will have failures.  And the idea is you learn from them and move on.  If they own you, if you surrender to them, then the pain is unbearable.  If you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived life to the fullest." 

Compass3draw PETER GUBER continues: "And you know, I think the idea is that failure and success are this close together, Charlie.  Inside every failure are the seeds to great success, and in every great success are the opportunities for failure."
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Harriete Estel Berman working on the pencils Whenever I am working on a new project, I think "failure and success" are very close together. Only hard work, skill, perseverance, intuition and insight help you find your compass. Experience has taught me not to give up.

Working on the pencil project Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin was discouragingly slow. I worked on it for four years. Talk about scary! Its finally done, and the work is being exhibited for the first time. I hope you can come to the reception on March 22, 2012 from 6-8 pm, at Castelleja. if you live near Palo Alto, CA. The next phase to make a video is going forward.  

So keep working...every day with a plan. And work on your compass.

Harriete
Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin
Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin
15' height x 28' wide, a as thick as one pencil

Anita Seipp Gallery
1310 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Please come to the reception on March 22, 2012
See you there.

Gallery Hours:  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                         Monday through Friday and by appointment


The Scarlet Letter P for Pinterest

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The scarlet letter of the 21st century is the "P" for Pinterest.

Pinterest and everyone who uses Pinterest should read the posts below and consider the consequences of their actions. Yes, Pinterest, I changed your copyrighted image.

Post this image on your Pinterest Boards.
Demonstrate that you honor other artist's and makers by:
1. Asking permission before posting copyrighted work.
2. Include a complete description of their work including the artist's name, and photo credit, (if appropriate.)
3. Pin and link from a reliable source such as the artist's web site or blog rather than Google search results.
4. Become part of the solution to the problems of Pinterest.

Harriete


An Opinion about Pinterest - "What’s Yours Is Mine"?

Much discussion is going on about Pinterest. The opinions are widely mixed. While Pinterest is a delightfully engaging web site, I am very concerned about a number of surrounding issues. These include but are not limited to:

  • The fine print on indemnity under Terms of Use regarding copyright and permission to post images;
  • The apparent disregard by pinners in failing to include the artist's name, complete description, photo credit and most importantly, a link to the original source.
  • Persistently closed eyes for "ownership" of the images, and more.

My practical advice is highlighted in beige (below). IF you want more background about the Pinterest controversy, keep reading.

I think everyone should consider an account with our without pinning. Do not delete your account.
Advice from Tom McCarthy on Crafthaus is well reasoned. He says: "I made a mistake when I deleted my Pinterest account.  I will be rejoining.  Not to re-establish my boards, I still don't want to pin.  But having an account will allow me to correct any misinformation on pins of my work to a limited extent.  Without an account I can view the activity but not comment on it.  I'm not advocating hiding from the issue in my studio.  I just don't want to invest my time in their game.  Member complaints will probably also mean more to Pinterest than "outside agitators.""

Here is a brief summary of the issues with Pinterest.
With Pinterest,
anyone can copy, pin, repin, anyone’s images without skill, without the title of the work nor artist's name, no description and sometimes without a link back to the original source. It is soooo easy.

While posting of images was possible before on other social networking sites, it was not the primary activity. The difference is that the "pinners" now have a highly visible place to put the "pinned" images on their PinBoard.

Pinners feel that their pinboards are an act of creativity, organization or identity for the pinner. The images are a reflection of their tastes. The pinner is now a “collector”. A collector of images, but a collector all the same. They can create an identity for themselves on line through other people’s creativity, design or artistic expression.

While most of the pinned images in the past were consumer items and recipes, the dynamic of posting images of photography, art and craft is growing quickly as artists and makers seek visibility and links to their web site or Etsy shop.

There is a discussion on Facebook Critical Craft Forum with over 59 comments. Read it and see what you think! It started with a link to a post by 2Roses on Crafthaus titled, Standing at the crossroads of 'What’s yours is mine'.

John Roses says:
Data – your data – is the currency of the 21st century. Billions of dollars are spent collecting it, and multi-billions are made selling it.  Who controls information about you, and who can profit from it is the new Wild West. This also has far reaching ramifications for artists and makers, specifically on the issue of control and right to compensation for the use of images of your work.

There has been a lot of talk about Pinterest of late. It is the newest shiny bauble on the social networking scene. Artists (some, anyway) love Pinterest because it seems to shower free attention on a lucky maker. We love free and we love attention. But nothing is really free and some of the more astute makers are already saying “Wait a minute… what’s that tucked down there in all that legal terms and conditions."
 

I recommend that you read the entire article.

Harriete continues with her concerns...

The Terms of Use on Pinterest are very confusing. Here is an artist/lawyers opinion about the legal conflicts. Kirsten Kowalski's 2nd post on DDK Portraits blog titled, My Date with Ben Silbermann - Follwing Up and Drying My Tears is a little more entertaining.

I am looking for practical solutions for artists and makers. Here are two issues that need to be addressed by Pinterest.

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Above is an image of Pin Etiguette #2 and #3

Pin Etiquette #2 says:
"Credit Your Sources
Pins are the most useful when they have links back to the original source. If you notice that a pin is not sourced correctly, leave a comment so the original pinner can update the source. Finding the original source is always preferable to a secondary source such as Google Image Search or a blog entry."

Right now the Pinterest Pinboards are sloppy at best. It is objectionable that many images are not linked back to the original source, but go to an empty Google search page.

Pin Etiquette #3 says:
"Avoid Self Promotion

Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion."

The reality is that the makers of art or craft or photos own the images.  So either I break the law through copyright infringement when I post other people's art or craft (read the Pinterest Copyright & Terms of Use), or I need to ask permission for every image posted (recommended), or I break the Pinterest code of etiquette and only post my own work. 

Etiquette only amounts to standards or protocol established by your community. Manners and etiquette are established and generally followed, or the person is ostracized by the community.

Pinterest should find a way to enforce compliance through their website or rewrite their Copyright Terms of Use (in plain English) so every user understands the implication of their actions.

Have you pinned other artists or makers without complete information?
Did you ask if you could pin their work?
Did you take the image from the original source or a Google search?

Are you part of the problem or the solution to better practices on Pinterest?

 

Dupin Harriete

How about this for a pin?
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Pinterest Hot Topics & Copyright Infringement

One of the problems with Pinterest is that people look around the Internet to find images for posting on their pinboards. This "pick up and post" images is not unique to Pinterest.  There are plenty of blogs that look for images to post with content. Beware!  Here is a Legal Lesson Learned: Copywriter Pays $4,000 for $10 Photo.

Think about the ramifications .... lots to discuss and consider though the unique aspect of this article was that the photo was officially copyrighted. Not everyone is applying for a copyright on every image. (While everyone has copyright for their work, you can't take your case to court without a registered copyright.)

I find the concern about posting images that you don't own as a serious issue.

Here is another article from the Business Insider: A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear.

On the one hand, asking permission for posting images is a good idea, but, on the other hand, it is a real pain. Imagine the time needed to find the email of each artist, compose an email to ask permission before posting, and waiting for a response.

What should I do? At fist Pinterest seemed like fun. That was a week ago when I experimented for the day. Since last Friday, I am seriously reconsidering the whole premise.

BELOW IS ONE SEGMENT OF THE FINE PRINT ON Pinterest:
You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services. Accordingly, 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; and (ii) neither the Member Content nor your posting, uploading, publication, submission or transmittal of the Member Content or Cold Brew Labs’ use of the Member Content (or any portion thereof) on, through or by means of the Site, Application and the Services will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.

The relevant issue here is that I AM NOT the sole and exclusive owner of images I "pick up and post". I can not guarantee that  the images I post will not "infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s patent, copyright,..".

The other day, I removed images that I had posted on Pinterest. Why? I realized that I didn't own the images and hadn't asked permission from the photographer. With some effort, I found the photographer and his response was that I needed permission from Getty Images. My next step was removing the images. 

I don't have any answers right now, but I do think this is the moment to "pause, and reconsider" all future actions regarding Pinterest.

Harriete