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No, it's not a problem, Andy. The big companies would have you think it's a problem, but it's not.

Posted at 5:02pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

kateblack says

YES, they're wrong to come after people using their items in legal manners.

As JOYouz said, it's a myth that there is any difference in the law for items made for personal use or for sale.

Bottom line, most of their stuff is uuuuuugly, stupid and unchallenging. I believe we can all do better.

Posted at 5:03pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

youre right kate! dammit! screw sanrio! i can do better!

Posted at 5:04pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

kateblack says

"Excuse me, ma'am. Do you have a license for making ugly, stupid and unchallenging stuff?"

Posted at 5:04pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

mLee says

I happen to be a fan of the Sanrio monkey Kate, but they discontinued him.

Posted at 5:05pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

no :(

Posted at 5:05pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

but you are correct kate, its easy for me to jump on the hk band wagon. i need to challenge myself. design my own barfingly cute creation to plaster everywhere.

Posted at 5:06pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

kateblack says

I say this, and I have a sizeable box of Sanrio crap in my studio that I bought when I was a teenager and have been too lazy to sell. (The moral of the story, teenagers are suckers.)

Posted at 5:06pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

I had the same Hello Kitty woes... But I don't actually use any Sanrio Designs. I used copies I got from Hong Kong that say another co. and I make my own:) Spoke w/a legal person I know and they said I'd be alright if I just named it differently, since it wasn't really a violation anyway. I call my things Kitty Kat:)

Posted at 5:09pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

Rokali says

This is all clearly outlined in the Copyright Policy link down in the footer of every page here:

The short of it is, any company that deems they're being infringed upon by an item here at Etsy sends us a printout of their copyright & the items on Etsy that are infringing (every single one of them). Etsy then has to removed them.

This is part of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). The benefit is that Etsy is not held liable for the listing showing up in the first place. In other words, we're told to removed them, instead of being sued upfront for infringement.

If you think your items have been removed unjustly, there's a clear process to follow (outlined in the DMCA doc).

If the buyer, seller, member or user believes that the material that was removed or to which access was disabled is either not infringing, or the buyer, seller, member or user believes that it has the right to post and such material from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, the buyer, seller, member or user must send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below...

If we don't follow the rules outlined in the DMCA and fail to remove the offending items, then Etsy itself may be held liable for the infringements.

If you'd like to fight this battle, by all means you can try. Etsy has some very clear rules to follow, and we're going to follow them.

Posted at 5:09pm Mar 7, 2007 EST

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