Pinterest Uses Metatag To Help Copyright Fight

By: Mike Tuttle - February 20, 2012

Pinterest has been under fire lately with accusations that their site is nothing more than a place for people to indiscriminately use copyrighted material for their own ends. The powers that be at Pinterest have said that they will address that in the future, but meanwhile, they have made a small overture to helping stem the flow of copyrighted material on their site.

Twitter is now making available on its Help page a piece of code with a metatag inside. In response to this question:

What if I don’t want images from my site to be pinned? — We have a small piece of code you can add to the head of any page on your site:

meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin”

When someone tries to pin something from the site using the Pin IT bookmarklet, they get a message that says:

“This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”

If you try to paste the URL in directly at Pinterest, you get this message:

“We couldn’t find any images: This site doesn’t allow pinning.”

Of course, there is a work around. You can still save the image directly and upload it as “your own” to Pinterest. But, it may seem more like due diligence on Pinterest‘s part to assuage the copyright owners who have been up in arms for the past week.

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  • Tess Elliott

    In terms of image copyright, as long as they can only pin small images under 200k, I would consider it free advertising. Where image piracy becomes a legal matter is taking images large enough for a commercial application–say designing cards with pirated images–and selling them as your own. You can’t print a very large image with good quality under 200K. That said, on my website my images are around 500K and I would be unhappy to see them somewhere else without my name attached to them. We have got to be realistic about people saving an image because they love it, and saving an image with intent to use it commercially. To all of you out there who love collecting pictures beware: there may come a day when we artists are all forced to watermark them. I sure hope that we help each other to keep this friendly, and protect each other’s creative material.

  • Steve Thornton

    Tess, A 200K sized JPEG will give you up to a 6″x6″ 300 ppi image, something any publisher could use as a thumbnail 3″x3″ or 2″x2″ in a magazine. Thumbnails are the most common size thumbnails used in publishing.

    Also they could be used on anyone’s website too.

    Steve Thornton