Give artists the freedom to express themselves and sell their art on Etsy.

Give artists the freedom to express themselves and sell their art on Etsy.

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Sydni Rubio-Weiss started this petition to Etsy

Etsy recently banned any listings having to do with the Coronavirus. While this is understandable for some listings (i.e. those that attempt to claim a "cure" or anything similar), it is unfair for those that are selling art pertaining to the virus.

Personally, I was approached by a virologist to complete a commission pertaining the four viruses that she had published studies on: norovirus, influenza, zika virus, and coronavirus (NOT covid-19, but coronavirus in general, which has been around for a long time.) These were simply colored and stippled (an art form that involves making dots) virions of each virus. After getting the individual's approval, I made prints and stickers of both the zika virus and the coronavirus. These were selling just fine until Etsy decided to place a ban on my coronavirus listings and immediately remove them without warning.

I am not the only artist affected by this. Dozens of Sci-artists had their listings removed. This is especially devastating to those that sell one-of-a-kind art, such as crocheted items. I, and other artists, are now out hundreds of dollars because of this.

I'm not proposing that Etsy renews all of the removed listings, mainly because some of them MAY be misleading, as mentioned before. I am suggesting, however, that Etsy lets artists explain the purpose of their work before it is removed without warning. For example, I would say that this is no Covid-19 specifically. I would tell Etsy that it is simply a Coronavirus and that it is virion art.

Please sign the petition so that I can get Etsy's attention and let them know that what they're doing is unfair to artists. Art never hurt anyone. 

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