Pinterest Can Sell What You Post

24 Mar

Did you know Pinterest has the right to sell content you post on the site? It’s true, at least until April 6.

The multimedia-sharing social site’s terms of use are being updated in a couple weeks, but until then, this is an excerpt from its existing terms:

Member Content

We may, in our sole discretion, permit Members to post, upload, publish, submit or transmit Member Content. By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content only on, through or by means of the Site, Application or Services. Cold Brew Labs does not claim any ownership rights in any such Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any such Member Content.

The “selling” point is one of the omissions from its coming terms of use the company highlighted in a letter to users.

Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.

Other points highlighted in the note: “we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse … we released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements … we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.”

Read the full existing and upcoming Pinterest terms of use.

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