Pinterest Terms – Update

I have had a Pinterest account for a while and I have been following with more than passing interest the hoo-hah about Pinterest breaching copyright, selling images etc.

I got this email today from Pinterest.

Here is the full text of the email – I have put part of it in boldface.

Updated Terms of Service

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on an update to our Terms. When we first launched Pinterest, we used a standard set of Terms. We think that the updated Terms of Service, Acceptable Use Policy, and Privacy Policy are easier to understand and better reflect the direction our company is headed in the future. We’d encourage you to read these changes in their entirety, but we thought there were a few changes worth noting.

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

Should You Love Pinterest

And here’s an article by Trey Ratcliff about why photographers should embrace Pinterest. (hat tip to Heidi Anne Morris)

How To Enable The Pinterest Button

And if you have not got the Pinterest button on your blog and you want to activate it, this graphic shows how to do it. I found the link to the graphic in the WordPress forums, mentioned by one of the forum moderators.