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A way of stopping people from 'pinning' our photos to Pinterest?

  1. postcardsfromwildwood
    Member

    Reading the Terms of Service of Pinterest, I found this:
    'If you post your content on Pinterest, it still belongs to you but we can show it to people and others can re-pin it. [...] You grant Pinterest and its users a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, store, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute your User Content on Pinterest'
    The problem is that most people don't 'pin' their own stuff, they post someone else's. Pinterest go on to say:
    'Pinterest respects the rights of third party creators and content owners, and expects you to do the same. You therefore agree not to post any User Content that violates any law or infringes the rights of any third party.'
    What this means is that if someone posts my images on Pinterest they are giving away rights to my photos that are not theirs to give, and that I will not be able to get back. And Pinterest will assume I have given my permission. And all this despite a clear copyright notice on my blog prohibiting use of my images.
    At present WordPress don't have a means of preventing 'pinning', and the code provided by Pinterest doesn't work on WordPress blogs. Please join me in asking WordPress to come up with something that those of us who don't want to be 'pinned' can use.
    Thanks to everyone. And thanks to WordPress - this is a great service!

    The blog I need help with is postcardsfromwildwood.wordpress.com.

  2. I agree, I would like WordPress to come up with a way we can stop our photos being 'pinned' or 'click-copied' from our blog posts.

  3. postcardsfromwildwood
    Member

    @all4ballet - I agree, although I was focusing on Pinterest for this forum topic (specifically because of the impact on our copyright as stated in their Terms and Conditions) it would be good also to have a way of preventing 'click copying'. I have seen this on other blogs but I know that it's not currently possible on WordPress.

  4. virtuosewadventures
    Member

    Agreed. The loss of copyright is one that will have serious implications for many creative people, and the lack of understanding of the topic among the general public means that many people do this quite innocently. Blog owners need to be able to fill the void left by that ignorance.

  5. Hi there,
    There is a means of blocking, but we cannot use the required code on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. http://blog.pinterest.com/post/17949261591/growing-up

  6. postcardsfromwildwood
    Member

    @virtuosewadventures - Thanks.
    @timethief - Thank you for the links. Yes, I know about the code, and that we can't use it, and in fact I have over the last two days deleted my boards on Pinterest, having read the Terms and Conditions and noted exactly the same worrying issues as Kirsten. What's more, I've sent 3 emails to Pinterest to ask them help to me to prevent pinning from my blog. They tell me they don't have time to deal with queries like mine! This is why I'm turning to WordPress and its users for help. Some people will be happy to have their work pinned and that's great. But for those of us who aren't, we need a way of protecting our work.

  7. They tell me they don't have time to deal with queries like mine! This is why I'm turning to WordPress and its users for help. Some people will be happy to have their work pinned and that's great. But for those of us who aren't, we need a way of protecting our work.

    There are no solutions to prevent this that do not require script that must be entered into metadata. We free hosted WordPress.com bloggers do not have metadata access as this is a multi-user blogging platform. Moreover, we cannot install any script anywhere without having the software strip it out. I have tagged this thread so it will be moved to the Ideas Forum where we make suggestions to Staff re: features, etc.

  8. Yikes! I just realized this thread is already in the Ideas Forum ... DUH.

  9. postcardsfromwildwood
    Member

    @timethief - thanks. Yes, I hope it will be considered seriously as a problem by WordPress staff, and that a way round this can be found that doesn't jeopardise the platform but nevertheless protects us.

  10. I actually proposed this previously ages ago just after the publication I first linked to above from Pinterest. I just don't have the time to locate the thread now.

    Have you watermarked your images? It may be a deterrent to those who may wish to pin them. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2007/10/19/watermark-your-blog-images/

  11. Sorry, Pinterest Users: Websites Can Now Block Pinning [VIDEO]
    http://mashable.com/2012/02/20/websites-block-pinterest/

    "Pinterest is moving towards correcting these flaws. Pinterest is currently following the Digital Millenmium Copyright Act, and will remove any image that someone claims is violating copyright laws. "

  12. Could some staffer please block the spammer? Thanks http://en.forums.wordpress.com/profile/vebitti

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