Copyright FAQ

What is copyright?

Copyright provides a set of exclusive rights for the creators of original works of authorship (ex: books, music, art). This often includes the right to reproduce the work, display or perform it publicly, distribute it, create derivative works, and other rights that may vary by country. Generally, copyright doesn’t protect facts and ideas, but it does protect the original words or images that express an idea.
You can find more information about copyright law at the the U.S. Copyright Office website or the World Intellectual Property Organization website

Am I the copyright owner of a work?

Copyrights are generally owned by whoever creates the work of expression, though in some cases, the owner may be someone else if the work was created by an employee or contractor. The original owner can also transfer ownership of the copyright to others.  
Note that owning or possessing a physical work doesn’t necessarily mean that you own the copyright in that work.  For example, if you buy a collection of old photographs, that doesn’t necessarily mean you own the copyright in those images (though you may).

How do I report infringement of my copyright on Pinterest?

If you believe that your copyrights are being infringed and you’d like to have content removed, please visit our copyright page to submit a copyright removal notice to us. You can submit a request to us quickly by using our easy-to-use web form, or provide notice by any other means specified in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as explained.
When you submit a request, please make sure that the information provided is true and accurate.  Knowingly submitting false infringement notices can result in liability for damages under to section 512(f) of the DMCA or similar laws in other countries. 

Can I submit a copyright removal request if I don’t own the copyright in the work?

Only the owner of a copyright (or an authorized agent acting on their behalf) can submit a copyright removal request.  Before submitting a copyright removal request, you should consider whether you are the copyright owner of that content.

Can I submit a copyright removal request for a photo of me?

If you’re in a photo that someone else took, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're the copyright owner of that photo. Only the owner of a copyright (or an authorized agent acting on their behalf) can submit a copyright removal request.  If there is a photo of you that you'd like removed, you might want to consider submitting a privacy complaint by writing in to us.

What are Pinterest’s policies with respect to trademark claims?

Copyrights and trademarks are two different types of intellectual property.  Trademark protects things like brand names and logos from being used in a way that might cause confusion about the source of goods or services in commerce. To learn more about our trademark policies and report content that infringes your trademark, please visit our trademark page.

What is a counter-notice?

If you believe one of your Pins was removed in error, you have the option to file a counter-notice by following the steps on our copyright page. For more information about counter notices and specific instructions on how to file one, please visit our copyright page.

Can I use images on Pinterest for my own project?

Except in unusual cases, Pinterest is not the copyright holder in the images that users pin on the site.  Where necessary, you should get permission to use an image from its copyright owner.