|Mon July 24 2017 09:59:39|
Could Etsy Tags Put Sellers at Risk for IP Infringement?
I was reading the article
about Etsy's recent tag stuffing experiment- and in the forums on Etsy I saw several people mention that the word "Disney" was stuffed into their tags (as an additional 14th tag - which cannot be edited).
Since the trademark/copyright issue is so important and part of what stockholders were angry about after the IPO - and since Etsy has shut down shops, removed items, etc...JUST for simply having "Disney" as a tag - HOW IN THE WORLD can they do this when they KNOW it is wrong - simply to drive traffic to Etsy?
Several people on the forums that had this tag added to their listings (which of course had NOTHING to do with Disney) were very upset and worried that they would receive a cease and desist from Disney and then get a black mark from Etsy or worse - have their shop shut down.
Etsy has lost its mind and I have been selling on there for 5 years - totally out of control. I guess they abide by "do as I say, not as I do"
Note from the Editor: We haven't heard of any new reports of Etsy adding tags to seller listings since the issue was raised in late May, but this letter we received last month raises an issue worth keeping in mind.