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Flickr implements 'no pin'

Flickr is reportedly the third largest source of content for Pinterest's pinboards, but wantonly pinning copyrighted images just got a lot harder.

The photo-sharing social network, Flickr, is one of the first major sites to invoke the new “no pin” code that prevents content from being pinned to Pinterest.

Pinterest is a digital pin-boarding site that has already earned the title of being the fastest independent site in history to reach the 10 million user mark (despite still being in beta and invitation-only). The site is currently on an estimated 13 million users.

The new social network has been thrust into the limelight as its growing user base continues to “pin” content from around the Web onto themed pinboards.

While Pinterest encourages users to credit the sources of “pinned” content and offers a mechanism to report copyright infringement, last week the site went a step further to quell concerns by introducing the “no pin” code.

The code prevents the Pinterest “Pin It” browser plug-in from working. Flickr has implemented the “no pin” code on all non-public and non-safe pages, as well as for those pages in which the uploader has disabled sharing. Flickr is reportedly the third biggest source of content for Pinterest.

The code is activated when users select “No” for “Allow others to share your stuff” in the Flickr privacy settings. This will also automatically be the default setting on Flickr.

The new feature was reportedly implemented by Flickr following a suggestion from a user in a help section thread.

Pinterest has grown its user base by 145% in 2012, and is dominated by female users (97%), and generates more referral traffic than YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+ combined.


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