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Now Pinterest has released code for companies that want to block the pinning of content from their sites to personal pinboards.
Pinterest recently released the code in their help section, which companies can copy and paste into their websites, prompting a message with each pin attempt that states: “This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”
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Josh Davis of LLsocial.com points out that 99% of the pins on Pinterest are against the company's own Terms of Service. Pinterest states that when users pin items, this indicates they are either the exclusive owners of the material or someone has granted them access to re-publish content.
One of the points of "Pinterest Etiquette" also stands to remind users to credit sources.
Though it is not enforced, Pinterest says, "finding the original source is always preferable to a secondary source such as Google Image Search or a blog entry."
The copyright issues were exacerbated by the website's huge growth over the past year, according to Davis. Pinterest, he says, won't be the 2012 version Napster -- shutdown for copyright infringement in 2001 -- because "everyone loves Pinterest" and images. Even if the pins are not credited, Pinterest drives traffic back to the original source.
Pinterest is moving towards correcting these flaws. Pinterest is currently following the Digital Millenmium Copyright Act, and will remove any image that someone claims is violating copyright laws.
In addition, Pinterest is letting publishers embed a "Pin It" button directly on their website, which is a virtual permission slip for people to share content. To see an example of the pin button, look at T-shirt shop Threadless's site. The Pin It button sits next to other sharing buttons like Facebook and Twitter.
In another effort to fight copyright infringement, Pinterest plans to limit pin captions to 500-characters to stop people from stealing blog posts, according to Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann. For now, the character limits are still being tested. Mashable will continue with Pinterest updates as they roll out.
Tell us in the comments if you always credit sources when using Pinterest. When do you disregard crediting sources?
This story originally published on Mashable here.