Friday, May 18, 2012

Finding Your Work On Pinterest PART 6

Writing an effective DMCA notice to Pinterest

Better not to use the online form provided by Pinterest.
It's horrible.

An effective DMCA take-down notice is one that will allow you to wipe off all repins without having to chase them individually.

Pinterest's online form will only allow pin pages, not images, making it extraordinarily useless in the case of medium to large scale cases of infringement. Further, a single error in a multiple submission will wipe the form clear and the entries are not recoverable, forcing you to give up on multiple submissions in favor of individual submissions.

To work around these Pinterest's attemps to discourage you from enforcing your copyrights, you must email them your DMCA request direction. For this, you will need to re-format all image location URLs. If you don't specify every version of every image, they'll be more than happy to leave them on their servers. They are not there you help you; they are there to help themselves keep your content and leave their users as unmolested as possible by your take-down requests.

You will notice that the infringing image URLs are in this format:

Pinterest has many caches ("media-cache1," "media-cache2," "media-cache3,") and some versions dedicated to international traffic. In order to remove images from any of their many servers, you will start by stripping off the beginning of each image URL:

This code will remain for each image:


Right now, your image is stored in 5 different formats. This may change as the site evolves, Pinterest may decide to change the way they name these different format filenames, or add new ones. To delete them all (as they are named to this date), change the letters in the URLs to have a version that ends with a b, a c, an f and a t - in addition to a full-size original without a suffix.


Mail your letter to this address:

Below is an example of a formatted letter with the required legal declarations included:

Remove these images from your servers (IMAGE LOCATIONS):

They are from my website (LINK LOCATIONS):


I have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., as a fair use).

I am the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed.

This information is accurate.


Cindy Schnackel said...

Very important info, and I've found that the image url can be obtained by right clicking in Firefox's browser, but many people seem unable to get the image url in whatever browser they are using. For those who can't get the info or don't understand how to, I suspect Pinterest is NOT going to the effort to remove the images from their servers, even if the copyright owners state to do so. Any advice for them in that case?

A Glass Artist said...

In Internet Explorer, you can get the image location by right-clicking, and choosing "Properties." You have to click on the link to get the link location.

When processing a large number of infringement, the extra steps involved in mining the link location and the image url with IE are too clunky to be practical. I strongly recommend that these artists make the effort of installing Firefox.

I have found Pinterest to be rather cagey with image removal. When reporting a pin page, repins are not removed, the "embed" feature continues to allow fourth party websites to use your images through Pinterest. When reporting an image URL, they do not take the initiative of removing all the copies of it they know to exist on their serviers.