YOUR ETSY CONTENT TEAM AT WORK
Date: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Subject: Etsy blows so hard
This Etsy seller sent a “Cease and Desist” letter to my brother and a handful of other Etsy artisans on Friday night. She is threatening legal action unless they remove their listings for insulator lamps, which she claims to have “copyrighted and patented.”
To bolster her claim, she submits a link to a completely different lamp owned by Fine Arts, LLC (with whom she has no connection).
But it gets better!
All of her product images for the lights have been stolen from other vendors and Etsy shop owners, and she is refusing to remove them. She even took some of the photos from shop owners she threatened with cease and desist letters!
You would think the watermark of the photographer making the complaint would be sufficient proof, but all the photos are still up. In fact, more stolen photos were posted over the weekend.
At this point, five Etsy shop owners, two large companies and a photographer have all complained to Etsy and submitted the appropriate paperwork, but Etsy is not responding to any of them.
So basically, Etsy fucking blows.
MEANWHILE, IN WILLIAMSBURG…