Private boards coming to Pinterest

Pinterest announces new terms of service & that private boards are coming soon.

For my latest post about future Pinterest private boards and current alternatives click here.

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
  • City
  • State/Providence
  • Zip/Postal Code
  • Country
  • 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.

4 thoughts on “Pinterest announces new terms of service & that private boards are coming soon.

  1. Martin

    Despite first necessary changes to protect the Pinterest founder from major lawsuits the conflict with copyright persists.
    The majority of pinboard owners still do not and will not care about copyright. Also Pinterest can trust that the majority of copyright owners will not take the effort to constantly check illegal pins.

    From my point of view Pinterest tries to get away with a “dirty deal” between them and their users (silent agreement to tolerate uncounted copyright infringement)as cheap as possible. Only if and when copyright owners (can) protest they will finally do something. I do not think that this is a basis for an ethical business conduct.

    Users who switch their boards to private can avoid risks, but their re-pins from the public phase will probably remain.

    Pinterest has to provide a tool that helps copyright owners to find their images on pinterest. At present there is no secure way to track copyright infringements on Pinterest.

  2. Kevin

    Pinterest has grown so fast that they’re bound to keep modifying their policies to better serve the needs of users. Glad to see they seem to be operating in good faith, as I really like the service!

  3. Katherine Tyrrell

    It’s much simpler to email and tell them to take down any and all images that come from your SITE (and give them the domain name and uRL)

    I did a blog post about how I gave them six site domain names and associated URLs, gave them one example of an image which had been lifted, stipulated that I had an all rights reserved copyright notice on every single site, made the declaration in the words they want – and virtually all my images were removed from Pinterest in minutes

    You can read the blog post and the letter I sent them here Takedown: How Pinterest moved fast to remove my pinned images (#2)

    People can use the letter as a template if they need to notify Pinterest of the need to remove images.

    It’s much faster than laboriously filling in forms PLUS – and this is really important – when you send them an email you have a record of what you have told them to do.

    I’ve used the time I’ve saved telling other people how to save their time by not filling in forms! 😀

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