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	Etsy believes in code as craft. Etsy’s public API lets developers tap into our community and build their own Etsy-powered applications. These terms explain your rights and obligations when using Etsy's API.  

	This agreement (“API Terms”) between you and Etsy, Inc. and Etsy Ireland UC applies to your use of Etsy’s public Application Program Interface (“API”), alone or in combination with the site, apps, and/or any other services provided by Etsy as defined in Etsy’s Terms of Use (“Etsy Terms”) and Privacy Policy. By using the API, you’re agreeing to these API Terms and the Etsy Terms (collectively, the “Terms”). 

	We’ll refer to and collectively as the “Site,” Etsy's mobile applications as the “Apps,” and Pattern by Etsy, Etsy Payments, and our other services collectively as the “Services.” We’ll refer to the Site, the Apps, and the Services collectively as “Etsy” throughout.  

	1. Uses and Restrictions
2. Etsy’s Trademarks
3. Registration Data
4. Commercial Use
5. Privacy and Intellectual Property
6. Your Obligations 


	Etsy grants you a limited, personal, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, nonexclusive, revocable license to access and use our API to create and run websites and applications that comply with our policies. Etsy reserves the right to charge for access to, or use of, the API in the future. If you violate the Terms, we may revoke your API access or your account privileges (including your related accounts). If Etsy enters into a business agreement involving our API, that agreement’s terms supersede these API Terms. 

	Etsy reserves the right to change these API Terms at any time. If we believe that the changes are material, we’ll send an email to the address associated with your account or message you through Etsy Conversations. You consent to receiving these messages, and it’s your responsibility to review these changes. Your continued use of the API 30 days after we’ve notified you of an update will constitute your acceptance of the updated API Terms.  

	Your application is your responsibility, and you must comply with all applicable laws. You also must comply with all of Etsy policies, including our Privacy Policy and Intellectual Property Policy. You agree that Etsy and its affiliates have no responsibility or control over the content that you and your application’s users upload or transmit through Etsy’s API. 

	We expect your use of the API to be in the spirit of Etsy. We reserve the right to refuse service or access to the API at any time and for any reason.  

	When using our API, you may interact with user-generated content. Remember, Etsy does not own user-generated content – Etsy's members do. You agree to handle this content securely and to follow all applicable laws, such as privacy and intellectual property laws. 

	Etsy is always changing, so the data you access through the API may become outdated quickly. You will not display listing content more than 6 hours older than information on the Site or Apps. You will not display any other Etsy content more than 24 hours older than the content displayed on our Sites. Once you’ve accessed, stored, or displayed Etsy content, you will not cache or store it longer than is reasonably necessary to provide service to your application’s users. 

	You’re solely responsible for your use of the API. If you’re offering your application to other Etsy members, you will provide support, including by prominently displaying an email address on your application and responding to inquiries from members or Etsy in a timely manner.  

	You must be transparent with our members by providing terms of service and a privacy policy in your application, which must comply with all relevant legal rules. This includes applicable data protection and privacy laws that govern the ways in which you can use Etsy member information. Such laws may require that you post, and comply with, your own privacy policy, which must be accessible to users of your application and compatible with this policy and Etsy’s Terms of Use. 

	We expect your use of Etsy’s API to be a positive experience for everyone involved. You may not: 

	 Try to replicate Etsy, duplicate Etsy content, or circumvent our checkout process.
 	 Circumvent any security features or technical limitations of the API.
 	 Disrupt the flow or user experience on Etsy, such as by modifying the look, feel, or content of the Site, Apps, or Services; distributing a virus; or other harmful computer code.
 	 Exceed reasonable request volume or reasonable number of API keys. By default, members are allocated a set number of calls per day per the Etsy API developer site, and Etsy may grant you higher call limits or further restrict your calls to the API at our discretion. You may not create additional API keys to overcome these limits.
 	 Sell, lease, or otherwise transfer our API or member data to any third party.
 	 Use API or member data with a third-party advertising or marketing platform, whether or not aggregated, and whether or not tied to a specific member.
 	 Use the API to collect, scan, or otherwise request Etsy content for analytics, machine learning, licensing, or content removal unless expressly authorised by us.
 	 Modify the API in any way.
 	 Transmit spam, unsolicited marketing communications, or any other content that violates Etsy’s policies.
 	 Misrepresent your affiliation with Etsy, such as by failing to comply with Section 2 of these API Terms.
 	 Upload, post, collect, or store member ID and password combinations.
 	 Upload, post, collect, store, share, transfer, or process personal information or data about Etsy members unless specifically and affirmatively authorised by such member with appropriate notice, and only to the extent compatible with your terms of service, your privacy policy, and the Terms.
 	 Reverse engineer or access internal or legacy APIs or data feeds.
 	 Use automated systems designed to access, analyse, or scrape our website, including our API, unless expressly authorised by us.
 	 Otherwise attempt to harm or damage Etsy or Etsy’s members.
 	 Combine your application or website code with the API in a way (such as using a software license) that is incompatible with the Terms. 


	Remember to keep it original. You agree not to use Etsy’s trademarks, logos, signature colors, layout, text, or other materials in a way that suggests endorsement from or affiliation with Etsy. Similarly, you can't create or use a mark that’s confusingly similar to our trademarks. Your use of Etsy’s marks is subject to our Trademark Policy.  

	Since this application is your work, Etsy’s marks must be less prominent than your own. If you’re publicising or sharing your application, you may say that it was created using Etsy’s API, but you can't state that your application is endorsed or certified by Etsy. 

	To prevent confusion, we require you to display this notice prominently on your application: "THE TERM 'ETSY' IS A TRADEMARK OF ETSY, INC. THIS APPLICATION USES THE ETSY API BUT IS NOT ENDORSED OR CERTIFIED BY ETSY." 


	Transparency is important to us, so we require that you provide accurate registration data. You are also required to comply with our access security requirements, such as two-factor authentication, wherever available. It is your responsibility to inform Etsy of any changes to your registration data by updating your account or contacting We may get in touch with you if your account information is incomplete, outdated, or inaccurate. Remember that your API and account security is your responsibility. You must immediately contact Etsy at if you discover any security concerns or believe your account has been compromised. 


	In general, we permit reasonable commercial uses of the API. Examples of permitted, reasonable commercial uses include: 

	 Charging users a fee for parts of your application that don’t integrate with our API, such as advice, consulting, or engaging in the sale of your own products or services not competitive with Etsy.
 	 Displaying advertising in your application, so long as you are not misleading or abusing users; you comply with all applicable advertising-related laws, disclosures, and industry standards; and the advertising is not using, or collecting information tied to, member data obtained via the API.
 	 Any use that is expressly authorised by Etsy.

	Prohibited, unreasonable commercial uses include (but are not limited to): 

	 Selling or giving any third party the API, member content (that is not your own), or access to the API or content.
 	 Charging a fee to use or access any part of your application that integrates with the API and that Etsy provides to members free of charge.
 	 Using the API primarily to drive traffic to other non-Etsy websites or services.
 	 Using the API in a manner unrelated to seller or buyer activity, such as to determine information about Etsy’s internal systems or to perform marketing analytics, without the permission of Etsy.
 	 Using the API to obtain information on, track, or surveil Etsy members or their content in a manner that would otherwise require (i) valid legal civil or criminal process, or (ii) express permission from the affected members.
 	 Using the API to assist in creating databases of identifying information for any government or government sponsored entity (irrespective of any stated national security purpose) to abolish any human rights, civil rights, or civil liberties on the basis of race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin, or otherwise in a manner that, in Etsy’s view, would violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including without limitation Articles 12, 18, or 19.
 	 Using the API in any manner that violates Etsy’s Anti-Discrimination Policy.

	If you’re not sure if your application has a permitted commercial use or if you exceed the daily call limit, please contact us at 


	The Terms include Etsy’s Privacy Policy and Intellectual Property Policy. While Etsy owns our API, members own their own content. Refer to the Etsy Terms for more information.  

	When you use the API to provide an application, you (and your successors in interest) agree not to sue Etsy or our members on intellectual property claims related to your application, or related to the Etsy technologies that make your application possible. Specifically, you will not bring any intellectual property infringement claim, nor assist any third party in doing so, against Etsy or our members, related to your use of, and access to, the API (including how your application interacts with Etsy, the Site, the Apps, or the Services). For clarification, this license relates to your use of and access to the Etsy API, not to the content of any Etsy shop you may control. For more information about limitations of liability (the things you can’t sue us for), click here. 


	If Etsy determines that your application or your content is not in the letter or spirit of the Terms, we may take action against your account, such as terminating your API access, suspending your account privileges, or terminating all of your related accounts.  

	If your account, application, or use of the API gets Etsy sued, you agree to indemnify and defend Etsy. See the Etsy Terms for more information about your indemnification obligations to Etsy. 

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	Last updated on 08 Jun, 2017

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