Pinterest has just hit its first major roadblock. On Friday, photo-sharing giant Flickr confirmed with VentureBeat that it has blocked Pinterest users from “pinning” copyrighted photos on its site to Pinterest. The blockage is achieved using a do-not pin code released by Pinterest last Monday after allegations that the popular startup promoted wide-spread copyright infringement.
According to a Flickr representative, “only content that is ‘safe,’ ‘public’ and has the sharing button enabled can be pinned to Pinterest.” All other content — that which is copyright protected and does not allow sharing — is officially un-pinable.
For those of you who haven’t yet been hit with Pinterest fever:
Unfortunately, Pinterest’s Terms of Service contain a troubling passage that should give any user pause. It reads:
By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs [Pinterest’s parent company] 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.
In plain English, that means any content posted to Pinterest (and thus uploaded to the
That said, the release of the no-pin code is evidence that Pinterest is taking the complaints seriously. Unfortunately, there’s only so much copyright protection
As we reported earlier, not all content owners mind having their content pinned. Still an invite-only social network,
Regardless of the potential benefits of Pinterest, the fact remains that content owners have the right to not have their work redistributed without consent.
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