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Vendors Against Internet Piracy

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Those who have been following the internet's leading designers over the years tend to know who the pirates are, and many refuse to do business with them. These are the 'copycrafters' who seek to profit by copying other artists' work. Many of us have...

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Who can join?

Everyone!

About this team

Those who have been following the internet's leading designers over the years tend to know who the pirates are, and many refuse to do business with them. These are the 'copycrafters' who seek to profit by copying other artists' work. Many of us have experienced issues where those who would pirate our designs continue to do so without retribution, despite numerous reports of flagrant violations of site policy.

Here you can ask questions, share information and post topics that can include personal experiences, updates on current DMCA legislation, product registration methods, patent registration, general marketplace integrity, and other related subjects may be discussed. Participation in group discussion can also be considered a chance to offer success stories based upon personal experience - but no one benefits unless someone speaks up.

As far as I can tell, the piracy team has had some positive results already: sellers know they are not alone, potential violators know that someone is watching, and consumers/observers have a chance to decide for themselves which sellers take the harmonious path and which ones don't. Some designs being offered on etsy are decades to centuries old, so it's not about who owns the rights to what...... it's about how we work together or against one another that determines our success or failure here on etsy.

"Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery, but piracy by definition is about intent."

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