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Flickr ensures users' photos are given proper attribution on Pinterest


By The Drum Team | Editorial

May 2, 2012 | 2 min read

Flickr has been working with Pinterest to ensure that its users' photographs are properly credited when they are 'pinned' on the social networking site.

Attribution has proved a thorny issue for virtual pinboard Pinterest as it has ballooned in popularity in recent months. In February, photo blogging site Blipfoto cited copyright concerns as the reason it had opted to block its users' pictures from being shared on Pinterest.

Now Flickr says that every image shared from Flickr to Pinterest will be clearly attributed with the name of the photographer, the title, as well as a link to the photo page.

In a blog post, Flickr's Kay Kremerskothen explained: "Because the attribution cannot be edited, photographers can rest assured that pins and repins of their images will be credited and linked back as well, ensuring people can leave comments, fave the photo, or contact you directly on Flickr.

"And to top it all off, if someone has embedded your Flickr photo on their website or blog and it is pinned from there, the photo will automagically be attributed on Pinterest and linked back to the Flickr photo page. Pinterest also went back and added the proper attribution to all photos that have been pinned from Flickr so far. With this new feature, having your photos on Flickr gives you much more certainty that you will be attributed when your photos are being shared on Pinterest."

Flickr users can now find a Pinterest button in the share menu to easily 'pin' everything they want to share such as photo pages, favourites, and groups.


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