March 3, 2012

Permission to Pin Revisited

Last week I wrote about my recent concerns regarding Pinterest's terms of agreement. In a nutshell, when we sign up, we are agreeing that own the rights to whatever we pin, and we also give Pinterest full rights to those images. I'm not going to go into detail here; I suggest you read my full blog post if this is news to you.

You are free to interpret these terms however you would like, but I feel that the only respectful thing to do is to ask permission before pinning. I'm not the only one who feels this way, so I'd like to encourage bloggers and site owners to state their permissions clearly in some way. One way is to join the link up described in my original Pinterest blog post, but another way is to simply post a Permission to Pin badge in your sidebar. Feel free to grab this one* and use it, or create your own. If you use this one, I would appreciate a link back to one of my two blog posts on this topic so your visitors will know the whole story, but a link back is not required. I just want to know when I get to a site that it's okay to pin, and I don't want to have to email you to ask. If you would like to use the button shown above, just copy and past this code into an HTML gadget on your sidebar.

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Over the last week I've seen a number of great blog posts that I wanted to pin, but I couldn't find any statement or information on the site that gave me permission and I moved on. I would be most appreciative if you would join me in spreading the word about this and encouraging others to show visitors that they have permission to pin. Thanks!

*Note: Thanks to Denise Boehm of Sunny Days in Second Grade for her help in designing and creating this Permission to Pin button!


  1. Laura, I'm trying to add the Permission to Pin to my blog, but I keep getting an error message about illegal characters. I've copied and pasted the exact code and nothing. Help?

    1. I had the same issue until I realized I was trying to add it as a url. Try adding it as html.

  2. Laura,

    Thank you so much for creating and sharing! I am just starting a new blog for Preschool Directors and your "Permission to Pin" button was one of the first things I added.

  3. Laura,
    Thank you so much for sharing! I am going to hopefully work on my permissions page next week.

    Learning Ahoy!


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