Link With Love
As an Art Director, I spend an enormous amount of time online and creating web content. Sites like Tumblr and Pinterest are an endless well of inspiration when I’m stuck on a project, powerful tools to keep track of what I discover online, and a way to promote my own creative work. But I’m also aware of the legal questions these sites raise. (If you aren’t familiar with the issues, read this great article.)
Swapping and spreading of uncredited, copyrighted images on websites like Tumblr and Pinterest are rampant, and growing exponentially with every new million users.
Inspired to help solve the problem, a group of bloggers founded Link With Love, which aims to create a digital “neighborhood watch” encouraging proper sharing of intellectual property – particularly visual copyrighted material online.
There is no doubt that as the information age is shaped and social sharing of information and crowd-sourced content (love it or hate it) become ever more prevalent, the rules around what is fair and what is not will be debated and may even change.
To learn more about how to help begin to correct the damage that’s been done online, visit LinkWithLove.org, and get involved. None of us created the image swapping problem alone, and we’ll only fix it as a group. We have to tip the scales back so that more people are doing the right thing than aren’t doing the right thing. Together, we can have an honest, supportive creative community giving proper credit to the source of all our content.