Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Monica Yun


This note explores Pinterest's possible liabilities for copyright infringement and what it can possibly do to shield itself from prosecution. Part II will address the basics of Pinterest and how it relates to other social media and online service providers. Part III will delve into the legal background of the Copyright Act of 1976, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, secondary liability, the fair use defense, and legislation that has already been proposed to address this issue. Part IV will analyze Pinterest's indirect liability and how it may use the fair use defense. And finally, Part V will propose that Pinterest implement a filtering technology in order to avoid liability.