Copyright

Copyright on Pinterest

  • Pinterest respects the intellectual property rights of others and we expect people on Pinterest to do the same. It’s our policy—in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion—to disable or terminate the accounts of people who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing copyrights or other intellectual property rights.
     
    In keeping with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which you can read at the US Copyright Office website, we’ll respond quickly to claims of copyright infringement on Pinterest that are reported to our designated copyright agent, identified below.
     
    If you’re a copyright owner or authorized to act on behalf of one, you can report alleged copyright infringements on Pinterest by completing the DMCA Notice of Alleged Infringement and sending it to our designated copyright agent. 

    When we get your DMCA notice, we’ll take whatever action we think is appropriate, which may include removing the reported content from Pinterest. 

    If we remove content in response to a DMCA notice, we may notify the person who saved it on Pinterest so they have the opportunity to send a counter-notice. We may also send a complete copy of the notice to others, as appropriate.

Submit a copyright complaint

  • To submit a DMCA notice, just fill out our copyright complaint form.

  • If you'd prefer not to use this form, please send the following information to our designated copyright agent:

    1. Identify the copyrighted work you believe has been infringed. If you’re reporting multiple copyrighted works, you can provide a representative list of those copyrighted works.
       
    2. Identify the content on Pinterest you claim to be infringing your rights, including the information we need to help us find it, like the URL to the page on Pinterest.
       
    3. Provide your mailing address, phone number and email address.
       
    4. Include both of these statements in the body of your notice:
       
      • "I hereby state that I have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material or reference or link to such material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (for example, as a fair use)."
         
      • "I hereby state that the information in this notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I’m the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that’s allegedly infringed."
         
    5. Include your full legal name and your electronic or physical signature (for example, by typing your full name).

     

    If the work you’re reporting is an image, you can ask us to remove all copies of the image. At the beginning of your notice, just ask us to “remove all Pins that contain the image.” Please note that we can only remove identical copies of an image—if an image file has been resized or altered, we won’t be able to find or remove it. 
     
    Send your completed DMCA notice to:
     
    Pinterest Copyright Agent
    651 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94107-1532
    Fax: +1 415 762 7100
    Email: copyright [at] pinterest.com

    Note: This email address should only be used for copyright complaints. If you need to get in touch with us for any other reason, please visit our Help Center.

What if I get a copyright complaint (DMCA) notification?

  • If you’ve gotten a notification that one of your Pins has been removed for a copyright complaint, it means the content owner asked us to remove it. If you want us to forward the information from the copyright complaint notification, just email us at copyright [at] pinterest.com to let us know (we may remove some personal contact information). 

    If your account gets too many copyright complaints, you could lose the ability to save Pins on Pinterest, or we may disable your account altogether.
     
    If you think we made a mistake removing your Pin, you can file a counter-notice. When we get a valid counter-notice, we’ll remove the complaint from your account's record.  
     
    Note: There are legal and financial consequences for fraudulent or bad faith counter-notices. Before submitting a counter-notice, make sure you have a good faith belief that we removed the content in error, and that you understand the repercussions of submitting a false claim.

How to file a counter-notice

  • If your content is removed as the result of a copyright takedown notice, you’ll receive instructions about how to file a counter-notice in the email notification we send you. Please note that you should only submit a counter-notice if you believe that the content was removed because of a mistake or misidentification. 

    When we receive a valid counter-notice, we’ll remove the complaint from your account’s record. If you asked us to reinstate the content that was removed, we will forward your counter-notice to the party that reported that content. The information they receive will include your contact information, which they may use to contact you directly.

    If we provide your counter-notice to the party that reported the content, and they do not notify us that they have filed a court action seeking an order to keep the content down, we will reinstate the content. This process can take up to 14 business days. 

Content Claiming Portal

  • Pinterest also offers the Content Claiming Portal, a tool that enables creators to claim their content and decide if and how it appears on Pinterest. 

    Anyone who owns exclusive copyright to content can apply for access to the Content Claiming Portal. We’ll review those applications to see if the rights holder is a good fit for the tool. If a rights holder’s application is approved, they’ll be able to upload their original content and tell us whether they want the content to appear on Pinterest or not. Their selected enforcement will apply to both existing matches and future matches added to Pinterest. 

    To learn more, visit our Content Claiming Portal article.