This type of provision raises questions of IP law, Constitutional law, public policy and potential adverse consequences to Internet law. Further it explores the attempt by large corporations to own you and what you own.
It seems that Craigslist attempts to justify their actions in the name of the user, however it is in fact users that are being harmed when they are stripped of their rights. As the 9th largest website in the United States, we believe that Craigslist should help create a future we would want to live in.
Why is Craigslist Doing This?
We are convinced that Craigslist is engaging in anticompetitive business practices by using the pretext of breach of contract as a way to divest a copyright holder of his or her exclusive rights of copyright. In blocking users from promoting their own posts on any other website, Craigslist is attempting to weaken their competitors and maintain its dominance.
To learn more, read our Open Letter to Craig Newmark.
We ask that you sign this petition to urge Craigslist to change their policies, but also to support Krrb and many other fledgling startups trying to innovate and build an honest business without threat of litigation.
We respectfully and urgently request that Craigslist renounce its stranglehold on user content and embrace the free flow of public information.
However, we hope you will go further than that and abandon your seemingly anticompetitive business strategy, which comes at the expense of your users and their desire to sell their stuff.