In the United States, copyright protection automatically exists from the moment a work that can be protected by copyright is created. You don’t need to register your work for copyright. However, registering your work with the United States Copyright Office grants certain additional benefits.
- Learn more about what is and isn’t protected by copyright.
- Read our Ultimate Guide to Intellectual Property on Etsy
How long does copyright last?
With exception, copyright protection generally exists from the moment of creation and lasts until 70 years after the death of the creator. After that time, the work may enter public domain. Learn more about how long copyrights last.
What do I do if I believe my copyright was infringed?
If you believe that your copyright or intellectual property was infringed by a seller on Etsy, you can file a notice of intellectual property infringement.
You can also register your brand on our Etsy Reporting Portal to streamline the process of reporting suspected infringement of your copyright.
What do I do if I received a notice of intellectual property infringement?
Etsy’s Intellectual Property Policy requires us to remove or disable content from Etsy shops if we receive a report of alleged intellectual property infringement. If any of your listings are removed due to an infringement claim, you’ll receive an email with the contact information of the party who filed it.
What if I'm outside of the United States?
This information relates to the law of the United States. However, the United States has copyright relations with many countries throughout the world, and as a result of these agreements, the US honors certain other copyrights.
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