Pinterest Will Make It Easier To Report Copyright Violations

Bowing to pressure about how its uses content users post to its site, Pinterest announced changes to its service terms Saturday.

Pinterest said the new terms are easier to understand and were developed with feedback from users. The terms also address recent questions raised about the site's relationship to copyright law, making it easier for users and copyright owners to report violations.

In an email to users, the quickly-growing social network said it had removed terms that implied Pinterest reserved the right to sell content users uploaded to the site.

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

Among the other terms, which go into effect April 6, that Pinterest updated:

  • Pinterest's acceptable use policy has been updated to ban content that "explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse."

  • The company is releasing tools that will make it easier to report copyright violations and violations of its service terms.

  • Pinterest "added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards."

"Like everything at Pinterest, these updates are a work in progress that we will continue to improve upon," Pinterest said.