incrediBILL - 7:47 pm on Apr 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
Pinterest is a collection of copies of other peoples images..arranged in a grid via html markup..it is IP theft..
The flaw in your logic is just like software, many images are now licensed as creative commons or whatever the heck they call it and it's open source.
Which is why I suggested a simple DRM solution in the previous post where you tag them all the and browsers refuse to copy them as long as they contain the DRM code which, like locks on doors, will keep honest people honest and thieves will find a way to bypass the system as usual. Solves the big picture issue easily and then sites like Pinterest can freely use what they are allowed to use and webmasters everywhere, using one program could globally tag all images in their site in one sweep.
Even simpler, something we could do right now with about 5 minutes of work would be to put a global header on the server that says "X-IMAGES-PROTECTED" which the browser and other sites and software could easily honor across the board.
Complaining and debating what is and isn't IP theft is a useless endeavor but finding an agreeable solution that everyone can quickly adopt and is so simple any webmaster of any skill level can deploy is what we should be trying to do.
It's been done before with 302 hijacking, it can be done again, and WebmasterWorld has some people with some real clout that could get behind such a standard and make it a reality.
I'm not one to just sit around and complain because unless finding a solution to the problem is part of the discussion then it's just annoying repetitive noise that gets old i a hurry and really doesn't belong in this forum.
I'd like so see a server header, maybe an entry in robots.txt that stops all legit bots instead of blocking each image path which is annoying, and some DRM information embedded right in the image which I'm sure already exists but the browsers ignore.
Perhaps if some standards are already in place we just need to make sure they get enforced instead of piling new noise on top like Pinterests NOPIN meta which other Pinterest clones could ignore as it's not their meta. We webmasters need something universal that says "MINE! GO AWAY!" that everyone that isn't deliberately stealing should honor and obey, just like good bots that honor robots.txt.
That way we know who's who real fast and then you can correctly point fingers at those that scoff and ignore standards. So far, Pinterest has given webmasters the tools they need but it's insufficient as blocking Pinterest from your site doesn't block Pinterest users from grabbing the same images from Google/Bing/Yahoo/Yandex/etc. Image Search which is why I suggested an embedded DRM that's universal and enforced at the browser level so you could opt-in to image search and still not lose control of the image to those wanting it in your browser even when it's off site.