The issue of copyright infringement has become a significant challenge on Amazon, with both false and legitimate complaints on the rise.
If you’re an Amazon seller, you’re likely aware of the severity of this problem in the marketplace.
In this article, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive understanding of everything you need to know about Amazon copyright infringement.
Amazon copyright and trademark infringement cases can be frustrating for sellers and business owners. Regardless of the outcome, they will have a negative impact on your business. Amazon restricts the infringement and takes measures to protect intellectual property rights. Amazon Brand Registry is one such program that helps eligible brand owners file a complaint about cases of rogue selling, protecting their IP rights, and brand erosion.
You can register your product under Amazon Brand Registry to protect your intellectual property rights. Amazon created the option of branding your items on the amazon. You can also register other types of intellectual property like trademark, patent, and copyright. When you register, Amazon automatically removes and deletes the content that hinders your copyrights.
When you sell on Amazon:
If you want to add images to listings and products, you need to have copyrights. If you’re using someone else’s images, you need to get permission for it. If not, you are violating copyright laws. If you do not comply, it may result in legal consequences or a loss of selling privileges.
Copyright violation happens at different stages on Amazon. Here’s a quick peek for you:
for Amazon Standard Identification Number)
|If you find your images or text on a product, packing,
or any other place for which you didn’t give permission,
you can report the ASIN under copyright infringement.
|Image or text
|If you find your text or images in the product
listings without your permission, you can report them.
In this case, the ASIN and the product details page will remain on the marketplace.
|If you believe that an offer from a seller’s listing
infringes your copyright, you can report it.
Since the infringement refers to the offer,
the ASIN and the listing details page still stand.
For all the cases mentioned above, you can report a copyright infringement. Additionally, there are cases when someone:
In such cases, you can report copyright infringement on Amazon.
To avoid further confusion, you need to keep in mind that you are also allowing Amazon to use that image by providing an image for the product listing page. Such circumstances may cause other sellers to take advantage of it. You may be limited later to assert a copyright infringement claim. There is also a disclaimer under which Amazon is protected, so you cannot rely on Amazon or other sellers. You need to understand and define your copyrights if you want to assert them successfully.
If you want to learn more on how to report copyright infringement on Amazon, take a look at this video.
If you think your product/brand has been impacted by copyright or trademark infringement, you should follow the procedure that is mentioned on the Amazon site. Besides, Amazon wants you to submit the infringement complaint via their forms.
For those of you enrolled in Amazon Brand Registry, you can use RAV (Report a Violation) feature within the Brand Registry. You can use the same form to report patents and other IP claims.
If you want to submit a report, you need to provide the following information:
There’d be a few situations where Amazon doesn’t enforce infringement under the product detail page ownership and image restrictions. When a product listing page is live, it’s permanent on amazon.com. It will remain even if your inventory depletes.
Note: When you add your copyrighted image, you give a non-exclusive and royalty-free right to Amazon and its affiliates to use them for publicity. Amazon works in a way that other sellers can list and sell their products under the listing you have made. However, the retail giant emphasizes that sellers must list only against the listing pages that match products.
So if you think the products don’t match and still the sellers are listings the items, you can report the trademark or copyright violation to Amazon along with the form mentioned above.
Also, these IP notices are limited to marketplaces. For instance, if you have a trademark registered in the US and want Amazon to remove an ASIN from Amazon Canada, they will likely reject it.
Recommended Guide: Amazon Manufacturer Part Number.
With selective or exclusive distribution, Amazon allows manufacturers’ rights to engage in exclusive distribution and MAP (minimum advertised price) agreements for the products. However, these violations are between the manufacturer and seller, and Amazon does not assist in such activities.
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