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Pinterest Listened & Changed Terms Of Service

Pinterest listened and changed their Terms Of Service. 

The tems of service has been a huge issue for some people considering the use of Pinterest. It might not be everything you wanted but  the changes seem to be a good start and they are open for more input. 

Effective April 6th the new terms of service will be set. The modification in the TOS shows consumer pressure for modification is alive and well.  

The complete news from the Friday, March 23 2012 Pinterest Blog.


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"Updated Pinterest Terms


Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on an update to our Terms. When we first launched Pinterest, we used a standard set of Terms.  We think that the updated Terms of ServiceAcceptable Use Policy, and Privacy Policy are easier to understand and better reflect the direction our company is headed in the future. We’d encourage you to read these changes in their entirety, but we thought there were a few changes worth noting:

Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for us 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 interests. We’ve gotten a lot of help from our community as we’ve crafted these Terms.


Ben & the Pinterest Team"

Care must still be taken when pinning on Pinterest as to not violate copyright issues. 

Follow the rules of "safe pinning" make sure the photo goes to the right link or use your own content or photos.  Make sure that the author of anything you are pinning is evident and gets credit. 

It really is fun and a great place to share your local events, dream homes, great values, fun ideas, colorful themes, home improvement concepts, recipes, etc. etc. and photos that you have taken.

If you have more concerns and have additional suggestions for Pinterest be sure and let them know, comment on their blog and continue to help them with modification of the Pinterest Terms of Service.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • March 25 2012 03:18PM


Carra, thanks for sharing. I've been using Pinterest a little and enjoying it but have been a bit wary after reading some cautionary posts about it.

Posted by Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate (The Shannon Jones Team) over 8 years ago
So good to see that they don't own your pictures to what you post. That was getting a lot of talk and concern. We love Pinterest and appreciate them doing so much to make it a better place.
Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA) over 8 years ago

Carra, I saw this on Friday but did not read it. I will go over the info again. Thanks for sharing! important stuff to know.

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 8 years ago

I received and read the terms of service modification--all positive steps in my opinion.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 8 years ago

@Shannon ~  We have all been a little nervous about the downside but it is great to know they are listening and changing.  I think with "safe pinning" practices it can be a great way to get more listings showing sellers what your boards are all about in the community linking to everything a buyer would want to know about an area!

@Lee & Carol ~  We are all happy!

@Janis ~  Glad to be a reminder to read.  It's all good... could use a few more tweaks and I think they will come.

@Norma ~  Yes ma'm, good positive steps! 


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

I saw an email on this yesterday.  I think I will go back and review that as an option.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) over 8 years ago

Never think democracy is completely dead! Stay strong and many will follow! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the update Carra-- and for getting me motivated to start pinning!  It is fun and a great way to connect and share!  Best,  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 8 years ago

Howdy and morning Carra

Carra my friend
, it sure mighty kind of you to post this here new info the Pinterest Term changes, plus links. I'll take the time to read the changes. I still have not made up my mind whether I'm going to use the site or not. Besides the new Terms, I still need to check out as to if they put their on code on to the photos that are posted on the site. A lot of sites take away the title which folks give their photos, and replace it with their own code which has their site name in it after folks post them. Just like AR does, when folks come along them, it gives them the idea that the site actually owns them and not the poster.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 8 years ago

Kathy Sheehan ~  It seems like they want to move forward and respect what the users are suggesting!

Laura ~  Right on!  Are you enjoying Pinterest?

Kathy Schowe ~  The color in your photos are amazing and just what people what to see on Pinterest! 

Dale ~  Wise to be following photos with your inspection photos.. now this is one of the latest changes

"Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for us to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Carra:  As you know .. I "pin".  I'm trying to utilize this fun and extremely popular form of social media to my business benefit.  I've increased the usage of my own photos ... something I think is a great benefit and certainly lessens my worries about copyright issues.  I've found some businesses using very creative methods of marketing on Pinterest ... amazing what can be developed, isn't it??  As always, I depend on you to lead the way ... so will be following your take on this increasingly popular website and its rules, regulations, and usage ..


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 8 years ago

Gene ~  You arer certainly using Pinterest correctly.  You have some fun boards and you have some informationall boards.  As with all social media people will be attracted to you as a PERSON first then connect in the business end.  Your posts are very informational and I re-pinn on my mortage information board.  So anyone following me can check out my boards and see the valuable content.  It's a lot of fun learning all this together Gene and thank you for your support! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Ah! I just read the Cannons' post about being careful to read TOS.

Also great info!



Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 8 years ago