So I thought I'd make a quick post and maybe slow down or stop a few people from being taken in by what I can only assume is about to go viral with misinformation. (I really hope it doesn't)
Pinterest is about to unveil buyable Pins.
What this mean is that some Pins will allow you to purchase products. Before you think the sky is falling..
What does this mean?
Well first lets talk about what it doesn't mean. It doesn't mean that Pinners will be able to easily monetize stolen art work. I suspect people are going to lose their shit about this, assuming that they will be able to.
Buyable Pins (right now) have to be connected to a Shopify store. This means that you must have a Shopify account (which costs Money). You also must convert an account to or start a new Pinterest Business page.
So not just anyone is going to do this, and when they do there is a paper trail. It is also a barrier to entry. That is the good news and should prevent most cases that people are going to be worried about.
However there is bad news. A Shopify Account isn't really hard to get, nor is a business Pinterest Page. As such though there is a credit card connected and a paper trail, Copyright violators if they are fairly brazen can still Copy your work and try to sell it as their own. (just like if they were making prints and selling them at a flea market) Once found out though it should be easy enough to stop them, as now they aren't just violating copyright but committing a more substantial crime.
It should be safe to assume that this isn't going be a situation of the sky falling. I do expect that angle to be taken though as that was my first reaction before I read up on it.
In fact it is such a small thing, that... well... here is a picture of me being totally destroyed in a beer jugging contest over a decade ago. The glasses are the same size, and we started as the same time.
Yet when I'd go to Mickey D's I'd order 2 Big Mac Combos + 2 extra Big Macs on the side.
And Taco Bell it was 12-20 Tacos.
I miss my metabolism being crazy.
It is also so so so yummy :)
As I was thinking about the walks though I realized I've taken a lot of photos of the Toronto Skyline. From damn near every angle I can think of.
So Consider it a #TBT
He screwed up a lot. I mean a lot.. Moved us around constantly as a kid even moved without telling us, forget me at places, constantly forgets when we are supposed to do something. But when it counts he was there, never taught me to hate, and let me do my own things. Gave me an appreciation for Cultures and peoples, politics and social responsibility.
He was not perfect.. oh my so not perfect.. but he's my father and I'm good with that :)
We are also a family of gallows humour, dry wit and sarcasm, people don't always get that, so for those that read this, this is gallows humour and sarcasm it isn't mean in anyway
I work in the Financial Industry with a big five bank for my day job, and am passionate about technology, history, and culture. Of late I have been enjoying organizing and participating in photowalks through my connections on Google+.
When I'm not photographing I'm usually reading about history, Wikipedia, or researching one thing or another. I also tend to Hike or Walk a fair bit. I spent my formative years in the Niagara Region and recently moved back after nearly a decade away.