Urge Craigslist to Drop its Claim of Ownership Over User Posts

Target: Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster

Goal: Drop ridiculous copyright claim that puts Craigslist ad authors at risk of facing charges for reposting their ads elsewhere

Users of the online web service Craigslist who happened to post an ad on the site during the three-week period between July 26, 2012 and August 8, 2012 may be disheartened to hear that due to a clause within Craigslist’s terms of service, the company now owns that ad and the ad’s original author could in fact face criminal charges for trying to re-post the ad elsewhere.

Yesterday a federal court ruled in favor of Craigslist, allowing them to maintain copyright control over those ads despite the fact that Craigslist agreed to remove the clause on August 9, 2012. What this means is that, despite the fact that Craigslist is no longer enforcing copyright claims over user posts, any users who posted an ad during the period when the clause was in affect are sadly out of luck.

While this may not seem like such a big deal for ads that only included text, some ads also included other marketing materials such as images, design logos, and videos, none of which can be used now thanks to Craigslist’s copyright claim. Help urge Craigslist to drop their invasive and pointless hold on these ads by signing this petition letter. Craigslist gains nothing by keeping control over these ads besides the ire of its users while the ads’ authors could benefit greatly by having access to materials they’ve been locked out of because of a silly clause that was only alive for three weeks.


Dear Mr. Buckmaster,

While it is always important to maintain some semblance of control and ownership over what is posted and shared through online portals such as the one provided by your company, I fear you’ve taken that power a bit too far. Your fervent desire to maintain copyright control over a small selection of ads by enforcing a clause that doesn’t even exist anymore is as confusing as it is disheartening.

I cannot see what you could possibly gain by retaining control over those ads other than the ire of your users. Meanwhile, the original authors of those ads could potentially gain quite a lot if they were to be given access to marketing materials that, honestly, should never have been taken from them in the first place. By signing this petition, I am urging you to do the right thing and drop this frivolous copyright claim you’ve made against your users.


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