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Prevent pinning pictures from your site to Pinterest

Pinterest is the fastest growing sharing platform today, but has its own problems. It is the heaven of copyright violations and similar.

For example, if you are a photographer and have a bunch of your photos available online on your site, people will surely pin some of them. Then, other people will see those images on Pinetrest, download them and use somewhere, thus violating your copyright. Some people will even name Pinterest as the source of the image!

People at Pinterest are aware of it and released a small trick to disallow pictures from your site to be pinned.

Actually, it’s a meta tag that prevents the pinning to Pinterest.

Just place somewhere between and in your sites header:

[code lang=”html”]
<meta name="pinterest" content="nopin" />

Now, if anyone tries to pin an image to Pinterest, they will receive an alert :

This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Contact website owner for any questions.


Block Pinterest for WordPress

Oh, yes. There are some plugins already available to automate this work for WordPress users:

Block Pinterest WordPress plugin and Pinterest Block plugin.

The first one only adds the meta tag, while the latter has some handy options to filter the block on pages, home page or even per post.

pinterest block

Of course, users can manually download the image and pin it, but then, owner of the image can file Copyright Infringement Notification directly on Pinterest.

But, if you block the pinning of your images, you are losing exposure for them, too. It is up to you to decide.

Do you have the need to block the pinning of your site’s images to Pinterest?