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Topic: Etsy shop is stealing from me & maybe you too!!!  (Read 9104 times)
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« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2011 11:55:46 PM »

I'm so sorry to hear that someone is doing that to you. That seriously sux after all the work you put into your photos to have someone rip you off. I don't exactly remember the rules about links, but I think this one would be ok considering it's on in competition with Crafster and it's completely free. I reviewed several of watermark sites, and this one was the easiest to use. You might have to mess with it a bit to get it exactly how you want. Hope this helps!

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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2011 08:10:06 AM »

A little FYI on Copyright Law:  Anything you create is automatically protected by US Copyright Law.  The reason why people "register" is to have a formal document with all the details.  If there is no registration, you are still protected, but it may be more difficult to prove in a court type situation.  You do not need to take extra steps so that you are protected.  A simple notice in your shop is sufficient.  (I am NOT a lawyer, but I just graduated from law school with a focus on Intellectual Property.)

It always shocked me that craft/art people do not know that they automatically have a copyright the instant they produce something. I do have some patterns that have a formal copyright because they always get stolen. But for line drawings etc I just always make sure I put a date on the original to prove when it was created.

« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2011 03:40:33 PM »

This kind of thing has always upset me about Etsy.  They act like they're there for their sellers, but they won't do anything to help the sellers unless they absolutely have to. 

« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2012 07:30:34 PM »

I'd contact some people, see about getting it removed, then start watermarking your photos...
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2012 11:01:08 AM »

I know this is an older thread - but I'd just like to point out some previous mis-information that someone can't "steal" your photos and copyright them against you. Digital items are considered Intellectual Property and belongs to you and you have rights to it when posted online, regardless of if you ever send in for actual copyright status. As others suggested, flagging and complaining to Etsy, sending info to Regretsy.com, watermarking your images and sending cease and desist letters to the person in question are all great tips. All your original images posted online ARE protected and do legally belong to you, so I hope the issue was resolved!
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