I’ve been quite vocal on line in the last few weeks about the site Pinterest and how I’ve been finding my own images on there, without my permission being sought to put them there.
Copyright violation and rights of use violations on this site are rife. Marketing people seem to like the site from a retail point of view may be, but I’m not a retailer.
Things are starting to change, but slowly in the favour of copyright holders like myself. Pinterest this week released some code you can include on your website to prevent people ‘pinning’ your content on to Pinterest.
<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />
You put this code in to the header of your site, it won’t be seen by users, but if they attempt to Pin your site content they will see a message from Pinterest advising them that the site owner does not give permission for their content to be pinned.
This of course does not prevent people from downloading your image by say right clicking on the image and then uploading it as their own. So once you have added the code above, don’t sit back and think that your worries are over….
If you have images on Flickr. Go in to your account and disable ‘Sharing’ This prevents sharing of your images on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook et al.
The bits I didn’t like are:
We may, in our sole discretion, permit Members to post, upload, publish, submit or transmit Member Content. By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content only on, through or by means of the Site, Application or Services. Cold Brew Labs does not claim any ownership rights in any such Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any such Member Content.
So who with any sense would upload images that they hold the copyright to anyway? Certainly not me.
To prevent further stealing of my images I have for the time being removed all but two images from my Flickr account, I will review the situation in a few weeks time if the theft of my content reduces and we find that the code mentioned above is effective or not.
If you find your content on the Pinterest site, they have made it slightly easier this week to report copyright infringements on the site. Previously I was emailing them 2 or 3 times a week with links to my content. I’ve used this form already and the content was removed in a matter of hours.
Protect your images, but don’t stop taking pictures.