As you know, Etsy has a very strict policy against copyright infringement. And by “strict”, I mean looking down at their high tops and waiting for their milk to foam.
However, they have thoughtfully enabled jerks like us to do the work for them, by providing the option on each seller’s store where the thief can be flagged.
And that’s where you come in!
Apparently Etsy seller Glitterbiscuits (Tyneshia Buie) has been tracing a T-shirt design by artist Jess Fink, and selling it on Etsy with no shame.
Here’s Jess Fink’s shirt:
And this is how she responds when a friend of Ms. Fink’s called her out for stealing:
I saw this last night and it really upset me. But by then Tyneshia had removed the shirt from her store, and I felt like it was too late to do anything about it. You couldn’t even really flag her at that point, because she was no longer actively engaged in doing anything wrong.
Then this was brought to my attention:
That’s the banner of her Etsy store, and she’s even using the image of the shirt.
And she’s changed her profile too:
Yes, she’s changed all her store information to say that while she’s been stealing another artist’s work, you can all go fuck yourselves. Isn’t that awesome? Meanwhile, the Etsy staff are riding their bicycles around the office and drawing mustaches on their pith helmets.
So this is what I’d like to see happen.
I’d like to see this store closed down TODAY.
I am asking all of you who are reading this, and there are hundreds and thousands of you, to flag this store right now. That might almost be enough to get Etsy’s content team to put down their copies of Catcher in the Rye and start doing their jobs.
Here’s the link. Look on the left-hand side for “Report This Shop.”
UPDATE: The remaining 4 pieces in Glitterbiscuits’s shop all miraculously “sold” 17 minutes ago. The store is empty. Now let’s get it closed down.