Pinterest’s Attribution Program Grows: Dreamstime Joins To Help End Battle Over Watermarked, Copyrighted Images

Posted on: October 16, 2012

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Now we’re getting somewhere…attribution for work well done! Or poorly done – either way; if YOU created it, why should someone else be free to pretend it belongs to them, or someone else…?


Dreamstime, a stock photo site with 5 million users and 140,000 contributors, has become the latest professional photography service to resolve its legal issues regarding the pinning of copyright-protected, watermarked images shared on Pinterest. The solution incorporates an attribution line, which now appears beneath the photo in question and links back to the photo’s page on This is the same solution that Pinterest offers to other members of its “attribution program,” including Flickr, YouTube, 500px, Etsy, and others.

Following user outcry, says Dreamstime CFO Noelle Federico, the company created an API per Pinterest’s specifications in order to operate with the service’s existing suite of tools for attribution. Pinterest also confirms that partners do have to implement at least a simple API on their end, as opposed to merely adding some provided code to their website in order for attribution to properly work.

Federico says complaints about Pinterest first appeared on Dreamstime’s…

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