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Developments re. Pinterest

For those of us who don’t want our work pinned on Pinterest and have disabled the pinning functionality RB has made a default (see more details here), Mel has written a journal article about some new Pinterest developments which you’ll want to read

Essentially, if you followed the suggestions in my last journal article and found your work all over Pinterest without your knowledge and permission, and if you went to the trouble of filling out their DMCA form, you would have found it very time-consuming and frustrating to have to find all the people who’d pinned your work so that they can remove them all.

Well, the good news is that you only have to find one pin now. You don’t have to find fifty. And they’re starting to show an awareness that not everyone wants their work pinned and that maybe – just maybe – they should do something about the people who keep pinning work they don’t have permission to pin. Anyway, Mel has more details here

It’s only a small change, but it’ll make it a lot easier to remove our work from Pinterest!

Just be aware though – if you haven’t disabled the pinning functionality on RB and you don’t want your work on Pinterest, you need to change your account settings NOW! Otherwise you’re making it really easy for people to pin your work in the first place!


  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 2 years ago

    Mieke so we have to join Pinterest first to do this? [re Mel] I disabled the first day here on the account settings .actually only two of mine there … and one isn’t my design anyway I had to sign a ‘paper’ to do it.

  • No, you don’t need to join. You just fill out this form and under where you fill in the second box, you’ll find the additional two options.

    Good luck, Virginia!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Charles Kosina
    Charles Kosinaover 2 years ago

    Hi Mieke. I knew absolutely nothing about Pinterest! Anyway, I have now disabled it. Ta :)

  • No worries, Charles :)
    I think it’s important for us to have an informed choice about it, and RB’s journal about it wasn’t up for long before another one came up so it didn’t get much exposure.

    – Mieke Boynton

  • John Conway
    John Conwayover 2 years ago

    off to do some “work” now :) Thanks Mieke

  • There goes my weekend…

    – Mieke Boynton

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyover 2 years ago

    I hope more people will disable that Pin-It button. I see it so often, and I think it does undercut the ability to complain or pursue legal avenues later. You just cannot have it both ways. Unfortunately RB’s negative logic for that check box is a twist that some cannot quite understand, that is to check the box to not Pin.

  • Yeah, I agree. I have my work on 500px aswell and they have the pinning option there too… but I write a little request on all my photos not to pin my work, so that there’s no confusion about whether I want my work pinned or not.

    – Mieke Boynton

  • clydeessex
    clydeessexover 2 years ago

    This is so damn annoying Redbubble!! I would like the option to OPT In if I want, not have it as my default, grrr.

  • I’m hearin’ ya, Clyde!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 2 years ago

    500px still allows pinning without the option to block it. I’ll think I’ll add a little blog over there about this development. I know there are lots on 500px members not happy.

  • I’m one of them….
    Thanks, Peter.

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Jaxybelle
    Jaxybelleover 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this Mieke, I found not just Pinterest but a few commercial travel sites and accommodation providers using my images :(

  • It’s awful, isn’t it? Why don’t they buy them from stock photography sites… LEGALLY??!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 2 years ago

    thank you for all your trouble MIeke

  • I didn’t go to any trouble, Virginia – I kinda did it for myself and then figured that if I was doing it, I might as well share the information! So it’s not a problem. But thanks for the thanks anyway!! Lol!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Jaxybelle
    Jaxybelleover 2 years ago

    I just called one of them and very politely asked about why they are using my image without permission and they couldn’t get me off the phone quick enough. Some one will call me back – yeah right… Not sure what I can do about it but I guess it’s good they know that they know I’m onto them.

  • Oh wow… Yeah, keep an eye on it… I know other people have simply demanded payment for the use of their photography… Make sure you don’t just consider it ‘taken care of’, Jackie – remember, if they’re doing it with your photos, they’re probably doing it with other people’s photos too. So act on behalf of all of us who have our work stolen and make an issue of it! (That’s how I feel about it anyway… the more of us who make a fuss, the less they will think they can just get away with it!)
    Have an awesome weekend :) :):)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Jaxybelle
    Jaxybelleover 2 years ago

    Will do Mieke, I’ve taken screen shots etc so I will follow up on it and yes I wouldn’t be surprised if every single one of their photos has been used without permission.

    The other sites that didn’t have a contact number but a comment space instead (some public, some not) I have left a polite message which ends with “It is very disappointing to say the very least to see you have no objections to image theft. Certainly doesn’t say much for your business or personal ethic.”

  • :) I have done the same kind of thing… You might find the comments on this one amusing (but not necessarily in a good way
    My mouth was hanging open when I read:

    “As you can tell from our philosophy to serve, we are just paying-forward the love, inspiration, sacrifice and beauty we inherit from teachers, artists, scientists & engineers –who made possible this communication over the electronland! Thank you for letting us share for a few weeks your extraordinary gifts. Sorry it was without your permission. May all become compassionate, courageous and wise.”

    Some people just don’t get it!!!

    – Mieke Boynton