As of April 6th, these new policies (announced here) are more forgiving and actually give the user the ability to pin without fear of being sued for copyright infringement. Instead, Pinterest will simply remove any content that has been requested for removal by its owner. Your pin will disappear…but that’s a small price to pay instead of getting named in a lawsuit.
In case you get hit with too many take-down notices, Pinterest will (as of April 6th, when the new policies go into effect) be able to essentially bar you from pinning.
On the less litigious side of this news, Pinterest has also announced that the new policies will let users eventually be able to have a private pinboard. This could be great for group-based work in classrooms where you only want to share your resources with a specific set of classmates.
The future is bright for Pinterest and I’m excited to rejoin the viral sensation. Hope to see you there!