3 Ways To Protect Your Images on Pinterest and the Web

Pinterest has been under fire recently for copyright infringement issues. They even have an entire page dedicated to the cause of defending copyrights. However, this issue of copyright doesn’t seem to be stopping people from pinning. Some people post for pleasure and some post for business, but the early adopters of techies and journalists don’t seem to be pinning any longer. Arguments have been made on both sides of the coin:

a) It’s no different than taking the photo and cutting it out of a magazine and putting it in a scrapbook. It’s just a digital scrapbook.

b) It’s a violation of copyright to anyone, and offensive to photographers or designers who make their living off of their images/photos.

Here are 3 things you can do to protect your images on Pinterest and on the web:

1. Add a watermark to your image so that you at least get credit and can easily detect if your images have been stolen without your permission.

2. Add the “nopin” code to your HTML on your website where you are posting your images. (see below)

<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

When you add the code to the top of your webpage and a person tries to pin an image from your website they’ll receive a message of: “”This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”

3. Disable right-click on images only. You can also add code to the site that disables the ability to right click on the image (however this code does not work if the image is hyperlinked). This code is courtesy of DynamicDrive.

<script language=”JavaScript1.2″>

Disable right click script II (on images)- By
For full source, Terms of service, and 100s DTHML scripts

var clickmessage=”Right click disabled on images!”

function disableclick(e) {
if (document.all) {
if (event.button==2||event.button==3) {
if (event.srcElement.tagName==”IMG”){
return false;
else if (document.layers) {
if (e.which == 3) {
return false;
else if (document.getElementById){
if (e.which==3&&”IMG”){
return false

function associateimages(){

if (document.all)
else if (document.getElementById)
else if (document.layers)

What’s interesting to me and I’d love to hear your opinions on this is I can’t see how it’s any different than when you post a link to Facebook and Facebook’s code goes out and searches for available photos/images that are associated with that URL. How come no one is going after Facebook?



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Tracy Sestili is CEO and Chief blogger at Social Strand Media. She is also the author of Taking Your Brand from the Bench to the Playing Field -- Social Media Fundamentals for Business.


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