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Annual Privacy Review

Etsy worked with outside privacy experts to conduct our yearly policy review.

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Etsy's Trademark Guidelines

Hello Everyone: A little over a year ago we launched the Etsy Trademark Permissions Program. Since that time, dozens of Etsy members applied to use and were granted permission to use the Etsy marks in products, for free. In an effort to further support and encourage ideas, services, and tools that use and supplement the…

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Etsy’s Trademark Guidelines

Hi! This is SarahSays, Etsy’s in-house legal counsel. A little over a year ago we launched the Etsy Trademark Permissions Program. Since that time, dozens of Etsy members applied to use and were granted permission to use the Etsy marks in products, for free.  In an effort to further support and encourage ideas, services and…

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Community & Tech Updates: Updated Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us at Etsy. Our Privacy Policy explains how we collect, store and distribute the personal information you share with us while you use the site. In an effort to make the Privacy Policy easier to understand and more user-friendly, we have made a few revisions. We have also added information…

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Legal Info for Artists: Dog Eat Dog Legal System

There are so many cases of the big dog scaring the little dog that it’s refreshing to find an educational and entertaining tale where the bigger dog’s bark is worse than its bite.  Disclaimer: upon reading this case, I couldn’t help the dog puns.  So throw me a bone! Haute Diggity Dog is a puppy-sized business…

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Promoting Your Etsy Shop: Contest Alternatives!

Many sellers and Etsy Teams have approached both Sarah (Etsy’s lawyer, SarahSays) and Sara (Etsy’s Teams Coordinator, sarawearsskirts) with questions concerning  contests. After all, a contest seems like a creative and fun way to publicize your shop or Etsy Team and to get sales. However, there are legal issues to consider when thinking about having…

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SarahSays: Contest Law

“Open to U.S. residents.” “Void where prohibited.”  “No purchase necessary.”  Those phrases are all over contest fine print.  But why?  And why are so many contests (including Etsy’s Survey Sweepstakes…sorry) only open to United States residents? Contest law is very complicated due to, for example, lottery laws, gaming and gambling laws, consumer laws, trading laws,…

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Policy Talk: Minor update to the DOs & DON’Ts

In order to clarify Etsy’s policy concerning the use of language and images on the site, Etsy has updated the wording of the  DOs & DON’Ts slightly. (Please note that these are not policy changes; these are the same policies that were implemented at the time the DOs & DON’Ts were launched Spring 2007.) People…

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Community & Tech Updates: Updated Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us at Etsy! When you submit personal information to Etsy, Etsy complies with our Privacy Policy concerning how we collect, store and distribute this information. In an effort to make the Privacy Policy easier to understand and user friendly, we have made some changes to the Policy. Please note…

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Pull My Finger Fred

Sometimes a court case comes along that really affects my life.  And sometimes a court case just makes me laugh and want to share it with the world.  JCW Investments, Inc. v. Novelty, Inc., 2007 WL 817673 (7th Cir., March 20, 2007) is entertaining but also illustrates an important copyright question: where is the line…

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About Us: SarahSays, Etsy’s Legal Counsel

As a child I was always creating things. My supportive parents signed me up for classes at our local art gallery. I remember having visions of glue and glitter in my head as I walked with my mother to the art classroom. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the metalsmithing studio. I…

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