Copyright infringement PSA

I see a lot of posts in my various Facebook groups of beautiful items that are blatant copyright infringements. 

I know it’s hard not to make items that you know would be popular, such as Grinch items for Christmas, bath bomb with legos or Shopkins inside, Pokemon anything. However- I would highly recommend that we all make an effort to create our own unique items, to avoid the issues that can come with infringement. 

Not only can a business (no matter how small) face legal action from the rightful owners of these copyrights, but- as small business owners, we sure would be upset if someone else used or copied our work for monetary gain. 

Even etsy will contact sellers who violate copyrights, and may even shut down your account if you fail to remove those items in violation.

I have included a few links below relating to copyright, and suggest you take a moment to read them to help protect yourself, and your business. Feel free to reach out if you would like help finding and understanding information as it relates to you. 

https://www.etsy.com/ca/seller-handbook/article/intellectual-property-infringement/22398703823

http://prowsechowne.com/ways-business-can-avoid-copyright-infringement/

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-growth/copyright-issues-that-can-affect-your-business/article626825/%3fservice=amp

https://consumerist.com/2015/09/04/disney-lucasfilm-sanrio-form-legal-alliance-to-take-down-makers-of-counterfeit-marvel-star-wars-hello-kitty-cake-frosting/

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