In a slight state of panic, I deleted my Pinterest account several weeks ago after reading this post about its Terms of Service.
After a few weeks of deprivation, however, I missed it so much that I created a new account. This second time, I am MUCH more careful before I repin anything to make certain that the original pinner has followed copyright.
This past week, I was thrilled to receive an email from Pinterest stating that they are updating their Terms of Service. I still think there is room for growth (as do they), but it’s a nice start. I have pasted the contents of the email below. (Note to self…lookup copyright restrictions on reposting emails.)
Updated Terms of Service
- 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