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Pinterest appoint first general counsel

13th June 2012

Popular new social networking website Pinterest has appointed its first general counsel in a move that indicates how quickly the photo-sharing tool has grown in the two years since its formation.

The company’s legal recruitment drive has seen Michael Yang, former deputy of Google’s law department, hired to take control of the various copyright issues which have been affecting the site in recent times.

Some groups, including Getty Images, have been putting increased pressure on Pinterest lately for what they believe have been breaches of intellectual property law; it has been argued by some that use of the pictures should either be prohibited or will have to be paid for.

Yang has a proven track record of handling major online business matters, having previously played a leading role in changing the terms of service for web browser Google Chrome and dealing with privacy concerns surrounding the controversial launch of the now-defunct Google Buzz.