API Terms of Use

This policy was published on September 15, 2020. It will take effect on October 16, 2020. The previous version of this policy can be viewed here.

This agreement (“API Terms”) between you and Etsy, Inc. and Etsy Ireland UC (collectively, "Etsy") applies to your use of Etsy’s public Application Program Interface (“API”), alone or in combination with the site, apps, and/or any other services provided by Etsy as defined in Etsy’s Terms of Use (“Etsy Terms”) and Privacy Policy. By using the API, you’re agreeing to these API Terms, Privacy Policy, and the Etsy Terms (collectively, the “Terms”).

We’ll refer to Etsy.com as the “Site,” Etsy's mobile applications as the “Apps,” and Pattern by Etsy, Etsy Payments, the Etsy API, and our other services, together with the Site and Apps, collectively as the “Services.” These API Terms also incorporate by reference Etsy’s Intellectual Property Policy. While Etsy owns our API, members own their own content.

1. Your Limited License to Use the Etsy API

Etsy grants you a limited, personal, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, non-exclusive, revocable license to access and use our API to create and run websites and applications that comply with our policies. Etsy reserves the right to charge for access to, or use of, the API in the future. If you violate the Terms, we may revoke your API access or your account privileges (including your related accounts). If Etsy enters into a business agreement involving our API, that agreement’s terms supersede these API Terms.

We know your personal information is important to you, so it’s important to us. Our Privacy Policy details how your information is used when you use our Services. By using our Services, you're also agreeing that we can process your information in the ways set forth in the Privacy Policy, so please read it.

2. API Agreement Acceptance and Changes

Transparency is important to us, so we require that you provide accurate registration data when you sign up to our API Terms, and that you keep your registration information up-to-date. You are also required to comply with our access security requirements, such as two-factor authentication, wherever available. It is your responsibility to inform Etsy of any changes to your registration data by updating your account or contacting developer@etsy.com. We may get in touch with you if your account information is incomplete, outdated, or inaccurate, and we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to the API if you fail to provide us with accurate and complete contact information. Remember that your API and account security is your responsibility. You must immediately contact Etsy at developer@etsy.com if you discover any security concerns or believe your account has been compromised.

Etsy reserves the right to change these API Terms at any time. If we believe that the changes are material, we’ll send an email to the address associated with your account or message you through Etsy Messages. You consent to receiving these non-marketing messages, and it’s your responsibility to review these changes.

In order to continue using the API, you must accept the updated API Terms. If we provide notice to you of a material change in the API Terms that require you to affirmatively accept the change, and if you fail to accept the updated API Terms and other applicable policies within 30 days of notice of these updates, your access to the API may be suspended or terminated. For all other updates, your continued use of the API 30 days after we’ve notified you of an update will constitute your acceptance of the updated API Terms.

3. Your Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Security Obligations

When using our API, you may interact with user-generated content and users’ personal information. Remember, Etsy does not own user-generated content—Etsy's members do. Moreover, you have a strong obligation to protect user personal information.

Your application is your responsibility. This means you must keep your application, site, and any Etsy user data secure. It also means you must comply with all applicable laws, including intellectual property, privacy, and commercial laws. You also must comply with all of Etsy policies, including our Privacy Policy and Intellectual Property Policy. You agree that Etsy and its affiliates have no responsibility or control over the content that you and your application’s users upload or transmit through Etsy’s API.

You must be transparent with our members by providing terms of service and a privacy policy in your application, which must be prominently displayed and comply with all relevant legal requirements. This includes applicable data protection and privacy laws that govern the ways in which you can use Etsy member information. Such laws may require that you post, and comply with, your own privacy policy, which must be accessible to users of your application and compatible with this policy and Etsy’s Terms of Use. See Etsy’s Privacy Policy for additional information. If you fail to maintain a transparent and sufficient privacy policy, your access to the API may be suspended or terminated.

You are also a separate and independent controller of personal information under EU law. See Section 12 and 13 of Etsy’s Privacy Policy for more details.

4. Use of the API

We expect your use of the API to be in the spirit of Etsy. We reserve the right to refuse service or access to the API at any time and for any reason. If Etsy determines that your application, your content, or your processing of data are not in the letter or spirit of the Terms, we may take action against your account, such as terminating your API access, suspending your account privileges, or terminating all of your related accounts.

Etsy is always changing, so the data you access through the API may become outdated quickly. You will not display listing content more than 6 hours older than information on the Site or Apps. You will not display any other Etsy content more than 24 hours older than the content displayed on our Sites. Once you’ve accessed, stored, or displayed Etsy content, you will not cache or store it longer than is reasonably necessary to provide service to your application’s users.

You’re solely responsible for your use of the API. If you’re offering your application to other Etsy members, you will provide support, including by prominently displaying an email address on your application and responding to inquiries from members or Etsy in a timely manner.

We expect your use of Etsy’s API to be a positive experience for everyone involved. You may not:

5. Commercial Use

In general, we permit reasonable commercial uses of the API. Examples of permitted, reasonable commercial uses include:

Prohibited, unreasonable commercial uses include (but are not limited to):

If you’re not sure if your application has a permitted commercial use or if you exceed the daily call limit, please contact us at developer@etsy.com.

6. Etsy's Trademarks

Remember to keep it original. You agree not to use Etsy’s trademarks, logos, signature colors, layout, text, or other materials in a way that suggests endorsement from or affiliation with Etsy. Similarly, you cannot create or use a mark that’s confusingly similar to our trademarks. Your use of Etsy’s marks is subject to our Trademark Policy. Since this application is your work, Etsy’s marks must be less prominent than your own. If you’re publicizing or sharing your application, you may say that it was created using Etsy’s API, but you cannot state that your application is endorsed or certified by Etsy.

To prevent confusion, we require you to display this notice prominently on your application: "The term 'Etsy' is a trademark of Etsy, Inc. This application uses the Etsy API but is not endorsed or certified by Etsy."

7. Indemnification of Etsy

When you use the API to provide an application, you (and your successors in interest) agree not to sue Etsy or our members on intellectual property, data breach, security, or data protection claims related to your application, or related to the Etsy technologies that make your application possible.

In addition, you will not bring any intellectual property infringement claim, nor assist any third party in doing so, against Etsy or our members, related to your use of, and access to, the API (including how your application interacts with Etsy, the Site, the Apps, or the Services). For clarification, this paragraph relates to your use of and access to the Etsy API, not to the content of any Etsy shop you may control. For more information about limitations of liability (the things you can’t sue us for), click here.

These API Terms also incorporate all applicable parts of Etsy’s Terms of Use, including Section 11, which contains an arbitration clause and class action waiver, under which you agree to resolve all disputes through binding individual arbitration. This means that you waive any right to have those disputes decided by a judge or jury, and that you waive your right to participate in a class action lawsuit, class arbitrations, or representative action.

As noted above and in Section 12 and 13 of Etsy’s Privacy Policy, you are an independent data controller under EU law. However, if you are found to be joint data controllers with Etsy of user personal information, and if Etsy is sued, fined, or otherwise incurs expenses because of something that you did as a joint data controller of user personal information, you agree to indemnify Etsy for the expenses it occurs in connection with your processing of user personal information.

More generally, if your account, application, or use of the API gets Etsy sued, you agree to indemnify and defend Etsy. For example, to the extent Etsy is alleged to have, or found to have, any separate or joint liability for your failure to comply with this policy, you agree to indemnify and hold Etsy harmless for, and reimburse Etsy for costs related to, that violation. See the Etsy Terms for more information about your indemnification obligations to Etsy.

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