Week 8: Filo’type Copyright considerations

I need to think about how copyright will be addressed in this app, as it has legal and financial implications. First, I’m going to take a look at existing terms of use.


First impressions: It is very open and split into different categories. It also has the legalese followed by Plain English, so that people are able to understand what they are agreeing to.

Key quotes:

  • If you post your content on Pinterest, it still belongs to you.
  • If you post your content on Pinterest, we can show it to people and others can save it. Don’t post porn or spam or be rude to other people on Pinterest. 
  • Pinterest has adopted and implemented the Pinterest Copyright Policy in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other applicable copyright laws. For more information, please read our Copyright PolicyMore simply put We respect copyrights. You should too.
  • You will have to sue us here in Bay Area. In the EEA, this applies if you’re a merchant, but not if you’re a consumer. If you are a consumer in the EEA, you can sue us in your home courts.
  • To submit a DMCA notice, just fill out our copyright complaint form.
  • Pinterest respects the intellectual property rights of others and we expect people on Pinterest to do the same. It’s our policy—in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion—to disable or terminate the accounts of people who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing copyrights or other intellectual property rights.
  • Our goal is to give you simple and meaningful choices regarding your information. If you have a Pinterest account, many of these controls are built directly into Pinterest or your settings.
  • Children under 13 are not allowed to use Pinterest. If you are based in the EEA, you may only use Pinterest if you are over the age at which you can provide consent to data processing under the laws of your country.
  • Pinterest isn’t a place for hateful content or the people and groups that promote hateful activities. We limit the distribution of or remove such content and accounts, including:
    • Slurs or negative stereotypes, caricatures and generalisations
    • Support for hate groups and people promoting hateful activities, prejudice and conspiracy theories
    • Condoning or trivialising violence because of a victim’s membership in a vulnerable or protected group
    • Support for white supremacy, limiting women’s rights and other discriminatory ideas (and it continues)
  • We don’t allow content that reveals personal or sensitive information.


Less immediately friendly than Instagram, but seems to be written in easy-to-understand language from the get-go.

Key quotes:

You must be at least 13 years old.

You can’t post private or confidential information or do anything that violates someone else’s rights, including intellectual property.

We do not claim ownership of your content, but you grant us a license to use it. Nothing is changing about your rights in your content. We do not claim ownership of your content that you post on or through the Service.

Fonts in Use

Arghhhhh legalese! Still, it’s not too long and I think I can cope. There’s a lot that I would need to put into my terms and conditions to protect myself and my users

Key Quotes:

  • Fonts In Use makes no claim to the trademarks or copyrights of third party’s works displayed on the Site.
  • This license does not include any resale or commercial use of this Site or its contents; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, images, prices; any derivative use of this Site or its contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another vendor; or any use of data mining, robots, spiders or similar data gathering and extraction tools.
  • If you post content or submit material, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant Fonts In Use a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant Fonts In Use and sub-licensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they so choose. 

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