I’ve told my children time and again about reading terms and conditions when they sign up to websites. And yet, obviously when I signed up for pinterest.com I didn’t read the t & c at all.
I didn’t know that they keep local copies of images. Not little local copies like thumbnails which would be understandable, but 600px images that are usable. And I didn’t know that you are only supposed to pin images you own, as you are giving them a whole set of rights that you probably don’t have to give.
Which means when I pinned crochet patterns hoping I was helping designers out by publicising their work, I was actually assisting in the possibility they could be ripped off, their photographs sold or re-used. And I didn’t know I was offering pinterest the rights to sell pictures of my children.
I think pinterest is a great idea. But as it stands atm, I’m going to have to delete any pins that are from other sites, and I’m certainly deleting any pics of my kids. And I absolutely do not give permission for anyone to pin my images, so I guess I’ll have to find the code that protects my site, rather than the one that assists ppl in pinning from it.
ETA – I find the Pinterest etiquette suggestions somewhat disingenuous, and possibly in direct conflict with their own t & c.
Avoid Self Promotion
Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion.
Um, if it isn’t yours, the odds are you don’t actually have rights to pin it, as you can’t give away the rights that they are claiming as you pin…
Second edit, this is code to protect your site:
<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin”/>
When a user tries to pin from your site, they will see this message:
“This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”
Third edit! You may be thinking you don’t use pinterest, so you’re OK. You may have put the code above on your site so no one else can get at your images. But someone could still copy them off (right click and save image as) and upload them, you might want to consider watermarking your images with your blog url if you really want to keep them safe. (And no, I’ve not done that, I’ve never thought my images good enough for anyone to want to rip off!)