Today’s installment of my Pinterest & Copyright series is especially for artists and graphic designers who are worried about losing control of their images. I also highly recommend this advice for artists, etailers, retailers, animal breeders and others who want to be sure that their images are not separated from their sources. (Links to the earlier articles in this series are at the end of this post.)
NOTE: Today’s article is NOT for people who don’t want to be pinned. If you don’t want the images on your website to be pinned, add this to the head of any page on your site:
This code will block the pin and create a pop-up box that says, “This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!” (Remember, this code won’t prevent people from downloading your images to their hard drives, nor will it block people from adding your images to Tumblr or sharing your image addresses on Facebook or any other network. Contact a web programmer for methods of blocking downloads and sharing.)
Protection Method #1: The Electronic Frame
Use image-editing software like Photoshop to place your images in an electronic frame that includes your name and website. Here are some examples:
Protection Method #2: The Stamp
Use image-editing software to “stamp” your images with identifying information. This information can also work as a watermark. Here are some examples:
Protection Method #3: Watermarking Framed Images
Combine methods one and two!
Protection Method #4: Titles and Tags
Don’t forget to add important identifying information like your name, company name and URL to the file name, title and alt tag of each image. The file name will accompany any downloaded image until someone changes it. The title and alt tag will be visible to anyone who is viewing your site with images turned off — common for mobile users.
(I have to admit that I haven’t been putting my identifying information into the file names of my own original graphics, but I’ll be doing it going forward!)
Here’s an example of what I mean. By now you’re familiar with the image on the right, which has accompanied all of the articles in this series. Here is the “background” information for this image:
title=”pinterest pinned original graphic by angelique of afmarcom”
alt=”original graphic by angelique of afmarcom pinterest P on custom dark red globe background with pin at the top”
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series about Pinterest and copyright! In case you haven’t read the earlier installments of this series, here they are:
Due to heavy spam, I’ve had to close comments on this series for a while. No, it’s not from people who didn’t like the articles! Just spammers attracted by the word “Pinterest.” I think I’ll be able to open it back up again in a month or so. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to say something about the posts!