While browsing through my image search results on PIXSY (our new service that finds and invoices image theft for you), I was surprised to see my picture for sale on Etsy (above). My immediate reaction:
- What an ugly mousepad. I’d never print my photo like this.
- The seller seems to be stealing thousands of photos. How could Etsy let this happen?
- Who had the nerve to think they could do this?
So my picture was the party and I wasn’t invited. I decided to see what I could do to notify the seller and contact Etsy about the problem.
What did I find out? Etsy is selling thousands of stolen photos and doesn’t seem to care. Their system lets sellers hide their contact information, and Etsy will not disclose the identities of sellers stealing work even after being presented with clear evidence.
Etsy is in essence the new Silk Road for copyright infringement