Flickr, Pinterest Team Up For Photo Attribution
May 2, 2012

Flickr, Pinterest Team Up For Photo Attribution

The popular photo-sharing website Flickr announced on Tuesday that it was teaming up with the social networking site Pinterest to ensure all its images are properly attribute to their source.

Yahoo-owned Flickr said it has added a ℠Pinterest´ button in the share menu of its site, which automatically credits the image to its source when it is shared.

Photographers that do not want their Flickr material shared can disable the site´s ℠share´ button.

Pinterest´s popularity has grown dramatically in recent months, with Flickr being one of the primary sources of content as a growing number of users upload and post pictures to their virtual pin boards.

However, until Tuesday, users had to use Pinterest´s own ℠Pin´ button to add a Flickr photo, and were unable to Pin photos to pinboards directly from Flickr.

“This will make it a lot easier for Flickr users to get the photo attribution on Pinterest,” said a Flickr spokesperson during an interview with the website Mashable.

“All of the pictures shared from Flickr will be updated retroactively.”

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,” Flickr said.

Attribution has become a critical issue for both Flickr and Pinterest in recent months.   In February, Flickr added Pinterest´s ℠do-not-pin code´ to images containing copyrighted or protected material so the pages could not be added to Pinterest at all.

Other sites also receiving an automatic attribution with Pinterest on Tuesday were YouTube, Behance and Vimeo.