This post will serve a little bit as a PSA for bloggers and shop owners. Please use the icons to the left of the post to share this with people who you know might need it!
Facebook is apparently dropping the hammer on improper use of their logo. Take a look at
this post post deleted, which is from someone who had her Etsy shop taken down because she was selling custom designed Facebook logos.
I know many of you own Etsy/design shops so I wanted to get this post out quickly so you could re-evaluate your situation. The person referenced above did get a warning email but could not get a hold of anyone in customer service before she got her shops simply removed once and for all.
If you get a warning from Etsy about this, or anything similar, remove ALL content relating to the warning immediately. Do not wait for customer service to clarify. You will get your shop taken down if you ignore these warnings.
I have grabbed the proper icon examples from the pages linked above and put them in an easy to grab set. Download the image below (or print screen then paste in Paint or something) and use the icons as you wish. Just don’t do anything other than re-size and re-order them and you’ll be ok. Also, keep the dimensions at least 32px each.
So yes, all of the icons on my site are non-compliant. I am ok with this because once I get one warning, I will fix them. Also, I am in control of my site, so no one else can shut me down. If you run an Etsy shop or a blog on Blogger, you can be shut down at any time. The reason for this is that those companies are responsible for hosting your site/shop and THEY can be sued by the social media companies for having improper logos published.
I assume any of the networks could shut down your profile if they make the connection between the two, but as of right now, they appear to be only going after people who are directly profiting from the sale of their logo.