DMCA artistic license

Pinterest TakeDown Process

step-by-step guide

Pinterest isn’t really a site that is set up to sell work on, but you may find some works on their that you feel are infringing on your rights. Some of you (like me) might find an announce in people using artworks for profile images (this could be a friend, family member or follower – which could be acceptable, but on the other hand it could be a business page, and these should know better. After all business is business and advertising costs), or placing them on their page and not adding trackbacks or accreditation, or even discovering people’s missed of your work in a pin on a board. So, by law (but not publicised or easy to find), Pinterest has set up a TakeDown form. It is an easy set of details in four sections. The following page is here to go through the steps to complete the process with the best ease and effectiveness. The takedown form can be found here!



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The first box is a set of necessary personal details used in case any action is taken on any part by either side. So simply add all the necessary details as asked for, as the form will not be able to be submitted without this completeness. The next part of the form is intended to support your claim by giving evidence to the work that is being infringed upon.

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Due to the nature of Pinterest, there are several options to consider. In the case of you being a creative with artwork to contest, then you need to move down to the menu item that reads “A design or artwork.” Then, as with most forms you are advise to give a link to a professional site that clearly states that you are the creator. Your own site is best, but any legitimate portfolio site will do, such as Behance or Dribbble. Avoid using social network pages to link, as these can be used by anyone and it’s not clear from these pages if you are the owner.

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The next part of the process is giving evidence to where you saw the infringement. As in the greyed part of the form field, it is better to give a link to the actual pin. You can do this simply by clicking on the pin so it opens, and then copying the URL from the browser address bar, and pasting it in. Now, as Pinterest is a virtual environment that doesn’t store the actual artworks, it can have several reshapes of a link that contains your artwork. So, you can select the “Remove All” option and any version that is associated with the one your are requesting to be removed, will also be removed. The “Strike” is quite useful and has not been seen on other sites, and works to give offenders a black mark against there name. If they offend on other pins or occasions their profile can be terminated. Once you have done all that, you have the final section to deal with.

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The final section is the legal part of the process, which appears on all forms. So, if you are happy with the form, simply tick all the boxes and then type your name in the box below to represent your digital signature. That’s it, all done. It should be pointed out you can use the form for multiple items and you don’t need to do several forms for each image. That is simply in the “Add Another” option. Good luck and happy hunting!

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