There have been many discussions lately about the Pinterest Terms of Use and how “pinning” photos across the web effects copyright,etc. Basically, IMHO, someone combed through the Pinterest terms of use and pulled out all of the “legal jargon” and attempted to spell it out to it’s upmost extreme intention, for unknowing users that aren’t always aware of standard legal terms.

While I think that there is some cause for ensuring that your “pins” include credit and link back to where they originated from, I do think that some went too far by implying many terms that were not intended to be taken so literally and were only included into the Pinterest terms of use originally just as your standard legal verbage.

For those that were worried, Pinterest Terms of Use have been updated this morning and I think many of those concerns were addressed.

Here are the changes Pinterest just made to their Terms of Use:

  • 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.

    I definately commend Pinterest for quickly updating their Terms of Use that so many had concerns about. Their email stated, “When we first launched Pinterest, we used a standard set of Terms.”, which I thought was the case, as with most Legal Terms of Use statements.

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