How to save Pinterest from the lawyers
So, I propose a solution. Content providers that want to be included in Pinterest should add a CC (creative commons) license badge to their website that provides limited usage rights. Pinterest could then identify and feature CC content, providing added incentive for content providers to follow suit.
If I worked at Pinterest, I might try a more self-serving solution, say providing a way for websites to provide limited usage rights via a “safe to pin” badge or snippet of code that permits the content to be used. Then identify those places with different looking pins.
Like Google & Facebook before them, Pinterest might be able to convince a large portion of the public to link to them and establish dominance in the organizing and sharing web space. On the strength of Pinterest’s billion page views a month, they might just pull it off before being sued out of business.