API Terms of Use

This agreement (“API Terms”) between you and Etsy, Inc. and Etsy Ireland UC 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 and the Etsy Terms (collectively, the “Terms”).

We’ll refer to Etsy.com and EtsyStudio.com collectively as the “Site,” Etsy's mobile applications as the “Apps,” and Pattern by Etsy, Etsy Payments, and our other services collectively as the “Services.” We’ll refer to the Site, the Apps, and the Services collectively as “Etsy” throughout.

1. Uses and Restrictions
2. Etsy’s Trademarks
3. Registration Data
4. Commercial Use
5. Privacy and Intellectual Property
6. Your Obligations

1. Uses and Restrictions

Etsy grants you a limited, personal, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, nonexclusive, 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.

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 Conversations. You consent to receiving these messages, and it’s your responsibility to review these changes. 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.

Your application is your responsibility, and you must comply with all applicable 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.

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.

When using our API, you may interact with user-generated content. Remember, Etsy does not own user-generated content – Etsy's members do. You agree to handle this content securely and to follow all applicable laws, such as privacy and intellectual property laws.

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.

You must be transparent with our members by providing terms of service and a privacy policy in your application, which must comply with all relevant legal rules. 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.

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

2. 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."

3. Registration Data

Transparency is important to us, so we require that you provide accurate registration data. 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. 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.

4. 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.

5. Privacy and Intellectual Property

The Terms include Etsy’s Privacy Policy and Intellectual Property Policy. While Etsy owns our API, members own their own content. Refer to the Etsy Terms for more information.

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 claims related to your application, or related to the Etsy technologies that make your application possible. Specifically, 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 license 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.

6. Your Obligations

If Etsy determines that your application or your content is 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.

If your account, application, or use of the API gets Etsy sued, you agree to indemnify and defend Etsy. See the Etsy Terms for more information about your indemnification obligations to Etsy.

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