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Protect IPA/SOPA Act could affect artists and their use of the internet for creative purposes
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Thanks for caring about this, and we'll keep you up-to-date on what we're doing against it!
I just posted to the Etsy News blog with an update on this legislation, and what you can do to help defeat it:
I realize that it's a very busy time for everyone, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew where Etsy stands!
We're going to make our opposition to the legislation clear tomorrow, because the fight against it isn't over. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is planning to proceed with a vote on PIPA in the Senate on January 24. We think it's important to make sure lawmakers understand Etsy's continuing opposition to the legislation, so we are going to join companies like Google and Wikipedia in protest by putting a message on our home page tomorrow. We know that many Etsy sellers depend on Etsy for their livelihoods so we are limiting the protest to the home page because we don't want to disrupt buying and selling on Etsy, but this is too important for us to remain silent.
I will also be joining a large group of Etsy employees and concerned members of the local community here in NYC to protest outside the offices of Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (both supporters of the bills). I’m confident that we can defeat this legislation and wanted to let the community know we are taking action.
Thanks, everybody. It's not over yet, but that's real progress!
the way I read it, it sounds like if an internet site uses copyrighted property for business purposes without permission, they will be liable for copyright infringement, just the same as any individual or corporation that does the same currently does.
If I am reading it correctly, that should make companies like Etsy pay serious attention to individuals using copyrighted material incorrectly on the site.