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Center image by John Reynolds

When searching for that great image online it’s easy and tempting to simply right click and copy any image you find. There is no warning signal or stop sign that appears with a message asking, “Yes, you can take this image, but should you?”

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Is using Pinterest in your best interest?

“Woe to you! You thieves and imitators of other people’s labour and talents.
Beware of laying your audacious hand on this artwork.”

Albrecht Durer

Interest and use of Pintinterest, a relatively new social media tool, has grown exponentially over the past few months. The site drew 23.7 million unique visitors in February, up from 3.5 million in September, according to research firm Nielsen. Another firm, Experian Marketing Services, ranks Pinterest as the third-most-popular social networking site, behind Facebook and Twitter.(1) From blog posts like “16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest,” to online advice from Inc, “9 Tips: Boost Your Business with Pinterest,” Pinterest is being touted as the latest and greatest social media tool.

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Un-hate, or unethical?

Photoshopped image from Benetton “Unhate” ad campaign shows Pope kissing Mohammed Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand sheikh of al-Azhar mosque in Cairo.

Benetton’s recent release of the “Unhate” ad campaign has caused a firestorm of controversy. The goal of their campaign is a worthy one—to contribute to a new culture of tolerance and to combat hatred. The UNHATE Campaign is the first in a series of initiatives involving community.

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Ask the Lawyer

Photo courtesy of Flickr Member kbjesq

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is a non-profit site that was founded in 1969 to provide legal,educational, and advocacy support to low-income artists and arts organizations. In 2010, VLA launched AskTheLawyer.com to archive and present basic and pertinent legal information to arts and legal professionals.

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Yale launches “Open Access” policy

Yale University has announced open access to online images of millions of objects housed in their museums, archives, and libraries. With their new policy they are also the first Ivy League university to make high quality digital images of their vast cultural heritage collections in the public domain openly and freely available.

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