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Flickr, Pinterest team up, signal movement toward better attribution

May 3, 2012
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Flickr and Pinterest team up

There is an unquestionably high volume of Flickr photos being shared on visual bookmarking site, Pinterest from photo hosting site Flickr, so the two have teamed up to ensure proper attribution when Flickr photos are shared on Pinterest, according to Flickr.

A “Pinterest” Pin-It button has been added on the Flickr site which not only enables users to share photographs via Flickr, photographers have proper attribution, which is very important as in many cases, the visual medium is their livelihood.

“We made sure that every image shared from Flickr will be clearly attributed with the name of the photographer, the title, as well as a link to the photo page,” Flickr said in a statement. “Because the attribution cannot be edited, photographers can rest assured that pins and repins of their images will be credited and linked back as well, ensuring people can leave comments, fave the photo, or contact you directly on Flickr.”

Photographers have the ability to disable sharing if they want to opt out of their work being shared through Pinterest, and visitors to their Flickr page that has sharing disabled do not see a Pinterest button or the share menu, otherwise, sharing is now offered automatically on all Flickr images as seen below:



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Flickr notes, “And to top it all off, if someone has embedded your Flickr photo on their website or blog, and it is pinned from there, the photo will automatically be attributed on Pinterest and linked back to the Flickr photo page.”

Flickr notes that Pinterest has gone back in time to add proper attribution to all photos previously shared on Pinterest from Flickr. We suspect that more partnerships will arise like this one, especially from companies like the Associated Press, as one of the primary concerns still surrounding Pinterest is what rights content producers have when images are shared on Pinterest.

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