Pinterest NOPIN Code Aims to Avoid Copyright Issues

If you’re a huge fan of Pinterest, changes may be afoot. There has been a lot moaning and complaining that the site allows people to steal copyrighted materials when they pin images to their profile board. It seems Pinterest has decided to attack these supposed copyright issues head-on with unveiling of new code that blocks users from pinning things from a website.


Pinterest calls the simple code NOPIN. All website owners need to do to block Pinterest users from pinning their images is insert a new, short metatag. That tag is ““. Once that tag is implemented, a user who attempts to pin content from the page will be shown a message.

That message reads, “This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!” I don’t get why companies wouldn’t want people to share their products, I think some companies just like to bellyache.

via Forbes

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  • Jess

    It’s not companies that have the problem, it’s bloggers that put original content on their blogs, and other people are taking credit for the design.

  • Vera

    So do they prefer their images be shared in other ways that doesn’t ensure a link back or proper credit? If they allow Pinning, bloggers can use the Embed code on the Pin so that their work is always linked back to them (source). Interesting