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Sharing: copyright complaint from Pin~
« on: March 02, 2017, 06:28:07 PM »
 :o "We're getting in touch to let you know we received a copyright complaint and have removed one (or more) of your Pins.The complaint wasn't directed against you or your Pin; it was directed against another user's Pin of the same content from:

https://~link to jpg
infringment pin

While many copyright owners are happy to have their content on Pinterest, we recognize that some do not want their content to appear on Pinterest, or did not receive attribution for the content. When a copyright owner sends us a complete notice per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it's our policy to remove the Pin(s).

Again, this complaint was not directed at you, or anything you did: we just thought you'd like to know why we removed your Pin.

Thanks again for using Pinterest.

The Pinterest Team"

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Re: Sharing: copyright complaint from Pin~
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 11:43:20 PM »
Yes, I have had a couple of those. I just ignore them.

Re: Sharing: copyright complaint from Pin~
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2017, 07:13:06 AM »
I have had several of these too and just ignore them as well.

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Re: Sharing: copyright complaint from Pin~
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2017, 07:17:40 AM »
I know I say this a lot, but as a Pinterest user you need to be familiar with the terms:


Notice part "b" of section 2:

2. Your Content

a. Posting content
Pinterest allows you to post content, including photos, comments, links, and other materials. Anything that you post or otherwise make available on our Products is referred to as "User Content." You retain all rights in, and are solely responsible for, the User Content you post to Pinterest.
More simply put:
If you post your content on Pinterest, it still belongs to you but we can show it to people and others can save it.

b. How Pinterest and other users can use your content
You grant Pinterest and our users a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, store, display, reproduce, save, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute your User Content on Pinterest solely for the purposes of operating, developing, providing, and using the Pinterest Products. Nothing in these Terms shall restrict other legal rights Pinterest may have to User Content, for example under other licenses. We reserve the right to remove or modify User Content for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or our policies.

I'm not an attorney, so of course this doesn't constitute legal advice, but my understanding as a regular person who can read English is that if the DMCA complaint came from somebody who posted their own copyrighted image to their Pinterest account... then the DMCA complaint is bogus. When the user pinned it to their account they immediately gave you all of the rights shown under section "b", which includes reusing their image and creating "derivative works" (which I understand to mean you can change stuff about their pin -- like the link it points to).

Unfortunately Pinterest doesn't actually ever verify that the DMCA complaint is legit. They leave it to you to have to file a counter-claim -- which you could do, and might win, but that's a legal rabbit hole I personally don't feel it worth going down....