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.


  1. Rebekah says:

    I have a Pinterest account, but I must admit that I haven’t really familiarized myself with it, or organized it. Basically, I’ve just *liked* a bunch of cute animals. Got the email too.

    The service seems to be immensely popular, I need to look into it more..


    1. I started pinning without looking back at my ‘boards’ to see what I had pinned.

      Then, after a while I looked at my boards and discovered that everything I had pinned fitted within a certain colour palette. I had, if you like, made an accidental tonal painting.

      It was a lesson to me that collecting things can teach me more about what I like than I am consciously aware of.

      The thing that interests me is the way that Pinterest is a giant sociological laboratory of what people like to do – which is to collect!

      I just checked, and Alexa has Pinterest ranked as the 59th most popular website in terms of activity of any of the 30 million most active sites worldwide that it monitors.


  2. Thanks David, I have no fucking idea what pinterest really is. I mean, what it REALLY is for. Sounds like a website trafic generator?? I will go check it out.
    Did read the Trey article. What an unpleasant person he is. I like his idea, but it would have been much better presented without all the mud throwing and dissing.
    “Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content.”… Are you kidding me? Making money on things other people stole or borrowed from other people. It the “real” world, this is called fencing.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day.


    1. I think it’s a giant socio-psycho labratory.


      1. Oh! But why do you have a pinterest account then? Are you a guinea pig?


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