Flickr and Pinterest have joined forces to make the Internet a safer place – by ensuring all Pinterest images are correctly attributed to their source.
Tuesday witnessed Flickr introduce a share-to-Pinterest feature to ensure all pinners properly attribute images taken from the photo-sharing site to its original source.
“Attribution is a work in progress and we’ll continue to add additional sources,” Pinterest stated. The company will also be rolling out attribution functions for Behance, Vimeo and YouTube.
However, up until Tuesday, users had no choice but to use Pinterest’s own ‘Pin’ button in order to add a Flickr image, rendering them unable to to Pin photos from Flickr directly to pinboards.
“This will make it a lot easier for Flickr users to get the photo attribution on Pinterest,” explained a Flickr spokesperson.
“All of the pictures shared from Flickr will be updated retroactively.”
But for photographers reluctant to share their Flickr masterpieces, this option can be disabled via the site’s ‘share’ button.Because the attribution cannot be edited, pins and repins shared through Flickr will forever be credited back to the original photographer.
“We want people to feel comfortable about photo-sharing and wanted to take the hard part of attribution out of the equation by making the process automatic,” said Flickr.
The issue of attribution has recently become a sensitive topic for both Pinterest and Flickr. Back in February, Flickr added Pinterest’s ‘do-not-pin code’ to images consisting of copyrighted or protected material so as to prevent the pages from being added to Pinterest.
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