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A Pinterest user is repinning photos from other genealogists' pins (absolutely ok) BUT the links to the original blog post or website are gone and have been replaced with a link to this person's own website (not ok)
HOW PINTEREST WORKS (AND THIS IS A GOOD THING)
A user creates genealogy boards and pins to their boards with an article or a page from a blog post or website they like. Other users can "repin" this pin on their own board.
Pinterest automatically inserts the link (URL) to the originating page or site when something is pinned or repinned. So if you see a photo or title on Pinterest that interests you, a click on the photo will take you to the page or blog post to read the article. This is good because other users can visit the originating site, which is the full intention behind Pinterest!
THE BAD THING
But this particular Pinterest user, with over 5,000 repins on his Pinterest page, does not have the original links nor any identifying information as to the website or blog where the photo originated. The original links have been replaced on every photo with a link to his own website (which I am not going to link to here). You can see the link to his website when you go to his Pinterest boards to check for your own photos.
I am not accusing this person of deliberately removing the original information and URL, and replacing it with his (or her) own. I will leave you to draw your own (silent) conclusions about how likely it is that Pinterest "glitched" over 5,000 times for one person...... and how co-incidental that those different and unique original links were replaced with ONE link to this person's website... but remember there is a presumption of innocence until/unless proven guilty.
WHAT I (AND OTHER GENEALOGY BLOGGERS) HAVE DONE
When I discovered this issue, I immediately looked through all his/her pinned photos and found 11 that were originally on my Pinterest boards as pins to some of the articles on my Olive Tree Genealogy blog. I noticed too that my friend and fellow blogger Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers had also found several of his pins now on this person's Pinterest page but no longer leading to the sites Thomas originally pinned from. You got it - they all led to this person's website instead.
In fact each pinned photo has a prominent note with it stating "Pinned from xxx.net" (where xxx is his website name!) That implies the photos are on his website and that clicking through will take you to an article relating to the photo!
I noticed that Thomas had commented on each of his pins on this user's boards, directing attention to the original URL. I thought that was a great idea so I did the same thing. I placed a brief comment on each of my photos indicating that the link should go to Olive Tree Genealogy blog.
I also reported each inappropriate pin to Pinterest and I filed a DMCA report of copyright infringement to have the repins on his boards removed.
I then posted an announcement on Facebook advising other genealogists to check out the boards in question to see if any of the photos should be pointing to their pages, blogs or websites. Several bloggers wrote to say they had indeed found pins on his board which no longer led to the correct website or blog, but rather to his own website.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
1. Check his Pinterest boards for YOUR photos. It is not necessary for you to be on Pinterest to have your photos pinned by others. Pinning to Pinterest is a GOOD thing because the links to your data/website or blog are there, and other genealogists can click on them to go and read your articles.
Having your photo used but your links replaced with someone else' link to their website is BAD.
Here is the URL of this Pinterest user: http://pinterest.com/ldsfamilysearch
**Please note that this person is NOT associated with the official FamilySearch! **
Choose either his board "lds-family-search" which is where I found all my misused photos, or his board "lds-family-history". Click on any image that is yours. Then hover your mouse over the image and a little window at the bottom pops up. There is a FLAG in the lower right corner - click on that and report this pinner.
You can also report him on his main Pinterest page - just scroll to the top and click on the FLAG in the bottom right corner.