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Pinterest Copyright Opt-Out

On Monday, February 20th The Official Pinterest blog entry was focused on copyright. Web sites are now able to opt-out of having their images pinned by Pinterest’s users by inserting code into their headers.  (It works much the same way robots.txt does in keeping search engine spiders from crawling your site.)

Pinterest, concerned about hapless, unwitting copyright violators and extremely concerned about copyright holders has made things easier for holders to protect themselves against wayward and greedy pinners. They have released code which will allow websites to prevent material from being plastered on the Pinterest social pinboard without regard. The code, accessible through the site’s help page, works this way. An unauthorized pinner will see a message stating, “This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!” The violating pinner will see this when the code has been added to the copyright holder’s site.

via Pinterest Users Need to Read the Fine Print | Technorati Media.
For more on Pinterest read Why I Don’t Mind Pinterest Hijacking My Links — BlogWorld & New Media Expo Blog.

Also note this article that Jean brought to my attention.  “Some people have 30 or 40 boards, 900 pins, 600 likes. . . . They’re just going crazy,” says Karl Kovacs, a social media expert from Edmonton.  — Could Pinterest play lead to virtual hoarding? Pintervention, anyone?

36 thoughts on “Pinterest Copyright Opt-Out

  1. Hi TiTi, Thank you for clarifying this. I was wondering if WordPress were going to give us the option to include this code in our blogs, but it doesn’t look like it at the present from what you write here. I meant to ask if you had covered the Google Privacy Changes coming in 1st March as I was interested to know what you thought about it. I don’t know what to think anymore, best always, Joanna

    • Hi Joanna,
      No we won’t be able top use the no pinning Pinterest code on blogs. I’ve been over the Google privacy policy and don’t feel alarmed about it. I’m exhausted by trying to keep up with it all, if you know what I mean. :)
      Bests wishes

  2. I appreciate your content on issues of blogging and how to navigate using the web. I was wondering what you thoughts were on web browsers and the privacy issues?

    Good to have your visit and “like”…

  3. I can see the headline on some future poll now: 99.9% Of Pinterest Images Ripped Off From Bloggers Who Can’t Protect Their Content. Wonderful.

    I like your new psychedelic theme here: Blog Free Or Tie-Dye!! : )

  4. I really am not concerned about their ‘hoarding.’ Rather, I am concerned about what no one seems to be reading in the fine print ….

    Let’s say you use free images from the web (wiki even) …. then someone pins that or borrows it to another web site and it is pinned from there.

    Pinterest will hold YOU liable for what it should cost them to use the content (not just images).

    So, they can TAKE your data, words, or images, and resell them.

    You are left ‘holding the bag’ for their indebtedness. Naturally, a good lawyer would cut through that.

    But, that would cost you more than it would cost their lawyers ….



    • @Wayne

      In that regard, it’s no different than a search engine. I was browsing around and this seems more and more like one giant user-contributed search engine.

      And as we know, search engines aren’t held liable for what gets indexed as long as they remove offending content quickly. It shouldn’t “cost” them anything to simply make content unavailable upon DMCA or other such notification. Pinterest can claim that they’re not responsible for what gets pinned and they don’t constantly monitor etc… etc… We don’t accuse Google for “taking” our data when they show content summaries, images and screenshots of our sites.

    • Hi there,
      Long time no connect. I’m not into hoarding images that belong others either. You can insert the code into your header. We users cannot access meta data and insert any code, as this is a multiuser blogging platform where all blogs wearing the same theme are using the same underlying template.

    • No. The idea is that those who can access their meta data, which by the way bloggers can’t do, will place the code in their headers to prevent their images from being pinned.

      • Shame we can’t protect ourselves. However, I’ve read through your post & comments and will be heading over to Pinterest to opt out of using it. Had concerns about it anyway. Go there fairly rarely, so it’s “good bye” now. Thanks.

        • The Pinterest issues are so irksome. The silence of the Pinterest site when it comes to the SkimLinks affilliate linking scheme caught my attention. There is no disclosue as is expected under the FTC.

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