Wildly popular image-sharing site Pinterest has tapped an ex-Google lawyer to head its legal department and, presumably, watch its back on copyright issues, according to a report.
Business Insider says Pinterest has confirmed that it has hired Michael Yang, who, BI said, left his position as deputy general counsel at Google yesterday.
Pinterest is the current site to watch among the digerati. By the end of last year, it had become one of the Top 10 social-media sites, and at the beginning of 2012, it saw its unique visits jump an impressive 52 percent, from January to February alone, to a total of 17.7 million. It’s also raised $35.7 million from VCs such as Andreessen Horowitz.
But the specter of copyright challenges casts a bit of a shadow over the site’s phenomenal growth. Pinterest users create “pinboards” of images that have inspired them, and oftentimes the images are grabbed from the various Web sites users land on during their Internet travels — without regard for legal ownership.
Pinterest has created a code snippet that Web sites can use to prevent people from “pinning” their content to Pinterest, but the company is no doubt doing whatever it can to ensure that the copyright issue won’t get it into hot water at some point.
We’ve contacted Pinterest for comment and will update this story when we hear back.
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