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As many of us have speculated, Pinterest today acknowledged that their original terms of service were a standard set of terms that didn’t really reflect the intent of what Pinterest was or is. To correct this, Pinterest announced a number of changes to their terms of service, acceptable use and privacy policies. These changes will take affect on April 6th.
Pinterest removed the language that allows them to sell the images you pin.
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.
The number one request from Pinterest users is having the option to have private boards. Pinterest is listening…
Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.
It will be interesting to see what Pinterest does in terms of API. Many marketers and brands have been interested in better analytics, so we might see that come out of future API offerings.
Pinterest makes it easier to report copyright violations.
Previously, all copyright violation reports had to be made as DMCA take down notices. And those had to be submitted by email or mail. Now Pinterest has a new online form.
Once you click on “Report a pin” you will see these options.
If you click on the intellectual property link, you are taken to the copyright page where you can scroll down to find an online copyright complaint form.
This form allows for listing complaints on multiple pins as well as showing the images on sites you may run or own.
You will also need to provide your:
- Full Name
- Street Address
- Zip/Postal Code
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Full Name as Signature
To complete the form you have to affirm three seperate statements:
I have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., as a fair use).
I am the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed
The information in this notice is accurate.
I view these improvements as an important step by Pinterest to address consumer and business issues, while at the same time, keeping Pinterest going in the right direction.