The EMBED button is your gateway to DMCA-freedom and profits
Let's envision the profitable avenues offered by Pinterest's embed button. The EMBED button provides pirate-minded webmasters endless pictorial content without risking their hosting accounts for repeated DMCA take down procedures. Indeed, the EMBED button is a form of hotlinking; therefore, they are not uploading infringing content to the servers, and remain outside of the reach of DMCA-fueled deletions. The only way the webmaster's access to the images can be disabled is by removing these images from Pinterest's servers themselves.
Can an artist who has voluntarily uploaded their images to Pinterest keep these images on Pinterest, yet disable the EMBED feature to prevent other websites from exploiting them? The answer is "no." When the image was uploaded, the artist gave Pinterest the right to do distribute the images to pretty much anyone who wants to use these images for any purpose they please.
What happens when an artist submits a DMCA take-down notice to the webmaster's host? Nothing. Nothing, because the images aren't hosted on their servers. They can't help you.
What marvels can be done with this EMBED button?
Displaying advertisements around Pinterest-hosted images for fun and profit
The EMBED button opens up a treasure chest of free, hassle-free content. Webmasters can create pages targeting high-paying keywords for advertisement, decorate these pages with relevant images hotlinked, and slap advertisement, affiliate links, poker links, fad diet links, whatever they please.
Now, let's examine the actual EMBED code:
<div style='padding-bottom: 2px; line-height: 0px'><a href='http://pinterest.com/pin/230739180878793150/' target='_blank'> <img src='http://media-cache9.pinterest.com/upload/230739180878793150_B6F7kX5L_c.jpg' border='0' width='480' height ='320'/> </a></div><div style='float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;'><p style='font-size: 10px; color: #76838b;'>Source: <a style='text-decoration: underline; font-size: 10px; color: #76838b;' href='http://www.papier-mache.com.au/blog/page/5/'>papier-mache.com.au</a> via <a style='text-decoration: underline; font-size: 10px; color: #76838b;' href='http://pinterest.com/ruthieandgrace/' target='_blank'>ruthie</a> on <a style='text-decoration: underline; color: #76838b;' href='http://pinterest.com' target='_blank'> Pinterest</a></p></div>Translating this code into English:
LINK IMAGE OUT TO: http://pinterest.com/pin/PAGE-where-pin-is-displayed-full-size' OPEN IN NEW WINDOW
SHOW THIS IMAGE: http://media-cache9.pinterest.com/upload/FULL-SIZE-IMAGE.jpg' but make it a tad smaller than on Pinterest
UNDER THE IMAGE, TEXT LINK TO SOURCE: href='http://www.sourcewebsite/ with sourcewebsite.com
ADD A "VIA" attribution to THE PINNER and LINK TO PINNER'S MAIN PAGE:
via href='http://pinterest.com/PINNERPAGE/' OPEN IN NEW WINDOW
ADD LINK TO PINTEREST WELCOME PAGE: href='http://pinterest.com' OPEN IN NEW WINDOW
How an embedded image is meant to appear
This gives link juice and help with Google rankings to Pinterest for the "Pinterest" keyword, the pinner for the keywords "their-username", and the actual source for the keyword "sourcewebsite.com." Two link juice units for the Pinterest website, just one to the source website.
But of course, nothing can stop a webmaster from stripping this down to the bare minimum, and altering it; in fact, a webmaster with even the most basic skill-set will strip it to this:
SHOW THIS IMAGE http://media-cache9.pinterest.com/upload/FULL-SIZE-IMAGE.jpg' in full size
LINK IN TO MORE MONEY PAGES ON Pintere$t$craper.com
How an embedded image will appear, credit and Pinterest-outbound-links removed, replaced by profitable Pintere$t$scraper.com-inbound-links.
And that's all legit.
The image is displayed hotlinked, stripped of links, and credit. It's not against the law, and whoever uploaded the image agreed to this free licensing of their image, or, in most cases, for other people's images.