This week we are jumping right back into your Etsy copyright questions with Jared Haynie, J.D. of the Cambridge Law Firm in Denver, CO.
If you haven't listened to Part.1 of this 2-part series, please do take some time to have a listen...
In that episode, Jared laid the groundwork for a lot of the questions that we got and defined some very "basic" legal terms that every Etsy seller ought to be familiar with.
Now we dive right into the rest of the questions that were submitted.
More Etsy Copyright Questions Answered
Here's a sample of some of the questions you submitted which Jared tackled in this week's episode:
- Is it okay to use trademarked terms in your tags... Even though shoppers on Etsy don't even get to see your tags?
- If enough people (other sellers) are infringing on copyrights, violating trademarks, and using other entities' intellectual property, does that make it okay or free-for-all?
- Is it okay to resell artwork that has been creatively transformed and recycled in lieu of trashing it?
- What are some good sources of copyright and trademark information that sellers can use for research and reference?
- Is it okay to create products using licensed characters or copyrighted material if the end product created is perishable?
- Is it okay to use colors that are inspired by popular characters with and/or without referencing the characters that inspired them?
- Does using the term "inspired by" absolve one of copyright or trademark infringement?
- Etsy article about intellectual property infringement - learn how to stay out of trouble when it comes to using (or not using) other peoples' or companies' intellectual property
- United States Patent & Trademark Office - use this resource to look up trademarks if ever you're unsure, or as a general rule-of-thumb
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - lists copyright and trademark offices/websites for countries around the world... Marlene, this one's for you 😉
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