Etsy's Counsel on Counterfeits, Says the Site's Not a Judge

Not too long ago, we addressed what appears to be an influx of fake designer goods on Etsy, an e-commerce site focused on handmade and vintage goods. Among the authentic vintage Givenchy dresses, YSL jewelry and Chanel jackets, there is no shortage of non-vintage goods and accessories being passed off as authentic Chanel, Givenchy, YSL, etc., which could be quite misleading for consumers. With this in mind, we asked Sarah Feingold, in-house counsel for Etsy, to tell us a bit about the site's policy on fakes, counterfeits and intellectual property ... 

Feingold, who has served as Etsy's counsel since 2007, says: "With regard to intellectual property and copyright, Etsy is a venue, not a judge or jury. We are open to all creative makers, curators and artisans, and we don't pre-screen items or shops. When a seller opens a shop and lists an item, they are agreeing to our terms of use, including trademark guidelines, and copyright and IP policy. We take intellectual property and copyright concerns very seriously, and we comply with the DMCA and remove items when we have proper notice. When we are notified about allegedly infringing material, we act swiftly and in compliance with our policy.”