Pinterest Teams Up With Flickr to Make Photo Attribution Easier

Pinterest’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past few months as more users upload and post pictures to their virtual pin boards. However, not all pictures are properly attributed to their rightful owners.

Flickr announced on Tuesday that it’s partnering with social networking site Pinterest to make sure images posted from the popular
photo-sharing site are always properly attributed. They have  launched a “Pinterest” button in the share menu of its site that automatically credits the image when it’s shared. An unalterable attribution statement will appear below the pin’s description along with a permanent link to the content, its creator, and where the content is hosted. Furthermore, the attribution will appear even if a photo is pinned from a third-party site where a Flickr image has been embedded. Other sites also getting automatic attribution with Pinterest today are YouTube, Behance and Vimeo. For Flickr images, the share menu will be disabled if a photographer doesn’t want their content shared.

“This will make it a lot easier for Flickr users to get the photo attribution on Pinterest,” a Flickr spokesperson said “All of the pictures shared from Flickr will be updated retroactively.”

Because the attribution cannot be edited, pins and repins shared through Flickr will always 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.”

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