In recent weeks, lots of people have joined Pinterest. That includes the Times Union at http://www.pinterest.com/timesunion. But the sites terms of service had people scared about content ownership, copyrights and legal ramifications.
Now Pinterest has announced it is changing its TOS, especially by eliminating the part that said it could sell your content. That should make users happy.
Here’s the text of the email:
Updated Terms of Service
Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.
We updated our Acceptable Use Policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.
We released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements.
Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.
We think these changes are important and we encourage you to review the new documents here. These terms will go into effect for all users on April 6, 2012.
Like everything at Pinterest, these updates are a work in progress that we will continue to improve upon. We’re working hard to make Pinterest the best place for you to find inspiration from people who share your interest. We’ve gotten a lot of help from our community as we’ve crafted these Terms.
Ben & the Pinterest Team