Websites Can Block Content from Being Pinned

New Meta Tag Available to Stop Pinning Tools

meta tag for pinterest pinningNo one needs to tell most people right now what Pinterest is. In fact the site is growing so fast that there are a few growing pains being experienced. One of the primary complaints leveled against Pinterest so far has been that the site allows for the use of copyrighted images to be published without the owner’s permission. This is not really a unique issue for just Pinterest because many sites are publishing copyrighted images without permission. Sites such as Facebook, Google Plus, and even personal blogs are all using material owned by other people.

In an effort to help webmasters to protect their content from being pinned to a Pinterest pinboard there is now programming code that has been made available. This code, provided by Pinterest, is a good faith effort to alleviate the concerns that some have voiced regarding the protection of their images. Of course this will not completely protect a webmaster’s content. If a person is determined to steal copyrighted material and publish it either on Pinterest or on their own blog these type of fixes will not stop them. The good news is that nearly all the people on Pinterest are not interested in stealing. These Pinterest users are really more interested in finding better recipes, hair styles, wedding ideas, decorating tips, and other great pictures.

So, website owners what do you need to do if you want to prevent the Pinterest tools from grabbing your material and posting it? At the top of your page add this code:

<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

When a user tries to pin from your site, they will see this message:

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

For those that use Pinterest keep in mind two things.

  1. When at all possible when pinning an image to your pinboard try to capture the image from the original website it was published on.
  2. When you do pin an image note in the comments credit to the owner of the picture.

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