Pinterest, a social networking website that allows users to create a virtual bulletin board of their favorite online content, is rapidly gaining popularity. However, questions have been dogging Pinterest about potential copyright infringement suits the service could face by encouraging the unauthorized sharing of protected images and videos.
To address these concerns, Pinterest had previously adopted new policies that allow websites to “opt out.” Copyright holders that do not want their content featured on Pinterest can now block their content by adding a line of code to their website. Pinterest users that try to share images or other material from a blocked site will receive the following message: “This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”
Co-founder Ben Silbermann also used the company’s blog to reinforce that the company takes copyright infringement seriously. He noted, “We work hard to follow the DMCA procedure for acting quickly when we receive notices of claimed copyright infringement.” The blog post highlights that Pinterest offers a form for reporting claims of copyright violations on their site.
Additionally, Pinterest has changed the terms of service for the site:
- What Pinterest has changed
- Terms of service to be revised as from 6 April 2012
- The definition of user content – including what the Acceptable Use Policy says
- a New definition of Intellectual Property Rights
- Access to more information about copyright – a smart move on Pinterest’s part to provide access to resources which are a resource for those who know nothing or very little about copyright
- Easier to report copyright infringements – ways in which Pinterest now makes this easier
- Penalties for repeat offenders (re. copyright infringement – in terms of inability to pin or loss of membership
- How to file a notice re copyright infringement – this discusses perjury and what the penalties for perjury are
As we have previously discussed on this blog, file sharing sites that take a proactive approach to copyright infringement usually fare better should problems later arise. In this situation, Pinterest has taken steps to reduce its potential liability by giving copyright holders ways to both block and remove copyrighted content.
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