diberry - 12:28 am on Oct 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
Helleborine, I'm really sorry to hear that. Have you implemented the opt-out code for Pinterest, which should supposedly at least save you having to do this again in the future?
Of course, that's the problem - that the onus is on webmasters to clean up the damage and opt out rather than on websites to ask us to opt in. It may even be Google that established this precedent - they only allowed you to opt out, but no one minded since hardly anyone wanted to opt out, or minded the little snippets and later use of images to send us traffic.
If Pinterest had sent out a few thousand emails asking webmasters to opt in, they would have found plenty who were happy to do so. Photographers would have known off-hand it wasn't a good move for them, and refused. That way, they could have their business without harming anybody.
I like capitalism, I really do, but when you bend over backwards to make things super easy for bigger businesses no matter what it does to smaller ones (especially sole proprietors), that's not a free market; that's a rigged game. This is something my country (US) seems to have lost touch about.