There has been a huge uproar concerning Pinterest’s terms & conditions and their response (or lack thereof) to potential copyright infringement.
I am proud that Pinterest has responded and not just ignored their community like other sites seem to do (hello… Facebook) I just want to say, “Thanks Pinterest!”
I personally didn’t have much of a problem with Pinterest. Maybe I am totally wrong, but I don’t see how Pinterest was paving the way for more copyright infringement than say… Google images or Facebook. We all know that once we post something on the internet, it is up for anyone and everyone to see (and potentially use). As a community of users on Pinterest, I do believe that we need to make sure that what we are pinning is properly credited back to the original source- it is just the right thing to do. However, the hysteria that surrounded Pinterest’s terms and copyright issues seemed a bit over the top (in my opinion)
However you want to look at it, Pinterest has taken notice and responded. Bravo Pinterest!
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012
Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for us to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.
We updated our Acceptable Use Policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.
We released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements.
Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.
We think these changes are important and we encourage you to review the new documents here. These Terms will go into effect for all users on April 6, 2012.
Like everything at Pinterest, these updates are a work in progress that we will continue to improve upon. We’re working hard to make Pinterest the best place for you to find inspiration from people who share your interests. We’ve gotten a lot of help from our community as we’ve crafted these Terms.
Ben & the Pinterest Team
You can read the new terms & conditions here: http://blog.pinterest.com/post/19799177970/pinterest-updated-terms?848b2400
If you are still concerned about copyright issues, Pinterest has also introduced a simple solution just for you. If you don’t want something you created pinned on Pinterest, all you need to do is add this code to the head of your web pages:
<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />
If someone tries to pin something from your site they will get this message:
“This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”
What do you think? Do these new terms & conditions make you feel better about Pinterest? Worse? What would you like to see?