Friday, February 24, 2012

Do You Have Permission to Pin?


Note: Since I wrote the original blog post a month ago, Pinterest has changed their Terms of Service. I have chosen to leave much of my original blog post below intact because it appears that the new terms still say that we own the rights to whatever we are pinning, but some of the information below is no longer relevant. 

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Do you have permission to pin? Or maybe the more important question is, "Did you know that you need permission to pin?" If you're on Pinterest, you need to read this blog post!

Recently, I read a disturbing article, Pinterest Users Need to Read the Fine Print, and I learned that when we signed up for Pinterest, we actually agreed to the following terms:
  • We own the rights to images we are pinning. 
  • We grant full rights to Pinterest to use those images in any fashion! 
Seems like a site that's set up for sharing and collaborating would make these terms more obvious when someone signs up. Am I going to take down all my Pinterest boards? No way! But because I'm now aware of these terms, I have changed how I'm going to use Pinterest. I'm no longer going to pin images directly from someone's site or blog unless I have permission. If you have a blog, be sure to read the whole article to find out how you can give me and others permission to pin. ,

Permission to Pin Granted!
Yes, you have my permission to pin! You may pin any image from Corkboard Connections, from Teaching Resources, or from my TeachersPayTeachers.com store. Please follow my Pinterest boards and repin anything you like to your own boards!

Unless you are a blogger or site owner, that's all you need to know! Just pin away to your heart's content! But if you are a blogger, keep reading ....

 
Information for Bloggers and Educational Site Owners Only

As I said earlier, I'm no longer going to pin from anyone else's site without permission. So I invite you to post a message somewhere on your blog that clearly specifies what you will permit when it comes to pinning. Make sure that visitors can find your permissions easily so they don't have to contact you to ask. Feel free to place the badge above on your blog to show people that they have permission to pin, and you may link it back to this blog post if you would like. Here's the code you can use to add it to the HTML code in your sidebar:
<center><a href="http://corkboardconnections.blogspot.com/2012/02/do-you-have-permission-to-pin.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.lauracandler.com/images/pinRed.jpg" border="0" /></a></center>

By the way, the Link Up below is closed, but these sites have all given permission to pin, so visit them and pin away to your heart's content!





P.S. A few thanks are in order ... Last year I signed up for a course called Teaching Blog Traffic School that consists of 30 social marketing videos for teachers, and we have a super online support group. Thanks to Angela Watson of The Cornerstone for Teachers for sharing the Technorati article with the group. Thanks to Charity Preston of the Organized Classroom Blog who created the course! Finally, thanks to Denise Boehm of Sunny Days in Second Grade for her help with designing the Permission to Pin badge above. If you're interested in learning about the course, you can read about it on my Teacherpreneur page.

56 comments:

  1. Laura,

    I'm sorry, I miss understood. Is there anyway to delete me from the link up? I gave the link to my blog and not the post. SUPER SORRY!!!!!!! Please forgive me for the stupid mistake. I thought your were wanting a list of pin safe blogs. If you can erase I will add back when I post about it. I have already added my free to pin badge. Again, I'm so, so sorry!

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    1. I figured out how to delete myself:) Sorry, I'm not real bright when it comes to the linky party stuff.

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  2. Okay - I was really confused! I went to look for your link and it was not there.

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  3. I'm glad you put this out there for all of us. I have actually seen some posts stating that you are not supposed to be pinning your own stuff....which I thought was kind of strange because it is such a great way to keep track of all of your own great ideas too. I appreciate this post and I will be putting one up today to link back to your post as well. Thanks;)

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  4. Thank you for keep us all on our toes!

    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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  5. Thank you for doing this, Laura! I just posted on my blog and put the button there too!! :)

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing! I just posted it.

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  7. Hi!! I just became your newest follower! Thanks for posting about this. I want to add the button to my blog but I dont know how. Can u help?

    April
    Wolfelicious

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    1. I figured it out, Thanks anyways though. :)

      April

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  8. Thank you so much for the info! I'm really bad about reading the fine print! I appreciate that you took the time :)
    -Michele
    New Adventures in First Grade

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  9. Thank you for this information. I've posted and linked up. I appreciate you bringing this to our attention and having a button created to share our permission to pin!

    Oh My Little Classity Class

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  10. Thank you so much for letting us all know! We have just joined your linky party, posted, and are your newest followers!

    Katie and Rebecca
    First Grade ABCs

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    1. Thanks for becoming followers and for linking up!

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  11. Thank you Laura. Being new to blogging and pinning, I appreciate all the help I can get!

    I second everyone else's comments and will also be following your blog.

    Thanks!
    Kate

    http://invovatecreateandrelatewithkate.blogspot.com

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  12. Laura,
    I got a long response from a pin-follower.....what do you think?
    "i found your pin while browsing the kids section. while it is important to protect original content and give credit where credit is due, that is not what the fine print means. the fine print is in regards to member uploaded content. pinterest encourages you to pin from the original source, but they do not require permission from the owner before pinning. check under the pin it button in the about section. you will find better instructions on pinning from the internet there and there are also resources for bloggers and website owners."
    Thanks,
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas! TPT Store
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith’s Pinterest Boards!

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    2. Fern, I don't happen to agree with this person's take on the situation. Have they read the terms of agreement for themselves? I did check the Pin It button area and there was nothing there that said you don't have to have the owner's permission. My feeling is "Better safe than sorry!"

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    3. Thanks for the reply, I didn't read it the same way she did either, but I also felt on the defensive, so thanks for looking at her comment..."better safe than sorry!" is perfect.

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  13. Thanks so much for the information and for sharing this with us! I linked up! I'm now a new follower of your blog!

    3rdgradetimesinct.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks for the info. I posted about it on my blog and added your button. But something strange happened... I copied your two bulleted items into my blog, then retyped them and deleted the copied portion. For some reason, sometimes the three pictures under "You might also like" were yours, not from my blog. So I deleted that post and typed a new one,not copying anything into the post and it's still happened sometimes but not every time I look. In case you see that, I wanted you to know that I'd fix it if I knew what to do. Sorry.
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

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  15. I added your button to my blog, http://latter-daycrafters.blogspot.com/
    When I try to link with you it tells me that it is not a direct link. I would love to link with you is there a solution to my problem? Thanks

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  16. Thank you for this post and the button - it's on my blog sidebar and I've added a page to my About Me section. Don't know if the linky went through.
    Think it's a great way to take care of this issue.

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  17. Thanks for your attention to detail on this, Laura! I'm going to use your linky party here as my "headquarters" for pinning now... so of course I'm following you! :)

    Linda

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  18. The link up is closed:( I did post about it and added the permission to pin button to my blog!

    http://ofprimaryimportance.blogspot.com/2012/02/permission-to-pin-say-what.html

    I would love to link up if you reopen the collection! Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

    Mrs. Krull
    Of Primary Importance

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  19. Thanks for the great info Laura :)

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  20. Thank you for the info! I've joined your Linky Party and we are now new followers!

    Katie
    TwoCanDoIt.Blogspot.com
    ReadingResource.net

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  21. Hi, Laura, I have added the permission to pin button to my website. It's in the right sidebar at the bottom. Thanks for calling attention to this. http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/

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    1. Thanks, Angela! I have it here, but I just realized I need to add the badge to my website, too!

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  22. Thank you for the info!! Great blog...I'm a new follower!
    Bobbie

    http://thedailycupcake-akindergartenblog.blogspot.com/

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  23. Hi Laura! Found you via Bonita with her Encouraging Words for Writers - and this was encouraging. I have wondered about the copyright thing. Much to educate myself with on this topic and so glad you've posted this to begin the process of doing just that! I'll be following - always looking for great teaching and learning ideas! I'm here from The Writer's Reverie, but I'm also director of a home school resource network at Constellation Academy - link to that blog from my main blog. Will put you in the que there, too.

    Joy!
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment and sharing about this!

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  24. Just getting around to doing this and missed the link up. Here's the post I added on my blog. theTechedOutTeacher

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  25. I just started my own teaching blog and I missed the deadline to link up to give permission to pin. However, I do give my permission and would love for my link to be included if you ever reopen the board. Thank you so much!

    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  26. missed the linky, but here's my link: http://www.benandme.com/p/pinterest.html

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  27. I missed the linky too. But I just started a blog and I give you permission to pin. Thanks so much for this post!

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  28. They changed their terms and sent out an email today....
    http://pinterest.com/about/terms/
    Fern Smith
    http://fern-smith.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks! I did see that and I updated this blog post accordingly.

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  29. Thanks for allowing me to share what your sharing!

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  30. Thanks so much for letting us know and allowing us to share! :)

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  31. I love your blog! I just started mine yesterday and already posted the permission to pin button on it... thank you for sharing your information!

    On a more ironic note, I just posted about student behavior tracking binders that I created. It just so happens that my school uses Thinking Maps and a colleague of mine came across your behavior reflection flow map. It was older and wrinkled from use, so I had my assistant redraw it in Word for me (I hope that is ok...I have kept the original with the revamped version to ensure credit continues to go your way in the future) I plan to utilize your behavior reflection flow map in my student behavior tracking binders. I provided links to your site and everything to ensure you get credit! :)

    Thanks again for your expertise!

    If you have a chance to add me to the list in the future for Permission to Pin blogs, please do so!

    iamonlyonebutstilliamone.blogspot.com

    ~Sara~

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  32. Thanks for the code for the Permission to Pin!

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  33. Permission to pin is different than permission to repin, since the site is set to be collaborative, it really would have two meanings - the original pinner must own the rights to what they are adding as a pin, and I'm betting secondary is that by sharing those pinned images, etc on the site, they grant permission to repin, without relinquishing ownership. Additionally, most sites have their own terms that what you are sharing on your site is yours, so by default if someone "pins" it from a blog for example that has pinning capabilities, then really what they are doing is another form of repinning, since more than likely that blog is linked to the same person's pinterest. That would be my understanding anyway...in pinteresting terms (lay terms as they relate to pinterest)

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  34. You have my permission to pin onto (General Education, Children,)
    Please consider,?? al

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  35. Your site is amazing. I wish I had seen it when I was still teaching.

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  36. Hi Laura, I'm still learning my way around this medium. I do enjoy the rich info you put out in helping teachers in their classrooms. I would please like permission to pin a few of your resources on my "Education Ideas" board. Thank you. Marcia

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    1. Of course - you may pin anything you want!

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  37. Thank you for permission to PIN. I am a bit confused, still, though. It is implied that you may PIN with permission if they have a PIN it buttons?

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    1. This post was written before bloggers could add the Pin It code. So yes, if someone has the code on their blog, obviously they want you to pin those images and are giving you permission to pin them.

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    2. thanks. I have been asking in comments to PIN. My stuff is getting re-pinned and no one asks me. Neither are people pinning from my site. (Not your problem.)
      You just gave me the push to get similar information up on my blog asap!
      thanks, Malika

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