Pinterest has been a hot topic here at CTD- first, I wrote a post about Pinterest and Why Crafters Love It. Then, folks started reading the fine print of the Pinterest Terms of Service and getting alarmed, so Juliann wrote the Perils of Pinterest.Â
Well, it seems that Ben at Pinterest has been listening.
Today I got this e-mail:
- Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for 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 interest. We’ve gotten a lot of help from our community as we’ve crafted these Terms.
Ben & the Pinterest Team
Hooray! It’s so great to know that Pinterest is hearing our concerns- especially about selling our images- and has responded. I only know of a few people who actually deleted their boards– most of us in the crafting community felt that the sharing of ideas for the return of increased blog traffic was well worth the risk (myself included)- but hopefully this will put the fine artists at ease.
I think it’s hinky that you have to opt OUT of someone pinning your content- you (the website or blog owner) must install an anti-pinning code to keep others from sharing your images. (They are adopting the same model as Google.) And I’m still not in love with Pinterest hijacking my affiliate code without first disclosing that they were monetizing that way- but one step at a time, right?
For some good ideas about how to use Pinterest as a tool to grow your business AND control more of what does and doesn’t get pinned, please read this step-out Instructable by Lynne Bruning. It’s like those after-school specials….”The More You Know,” those PSAs that ran after school when I was a kid. The more we ALL know, the better.