January 3, 2019

While copyright is sometimes the subject of controversy when it’s used to stamp out fair use (especially on certain online video streaming platforms), it is a good thing, for the most part. Copyright is what prevents creators from having their work stolen, and if it’s infringed, then it should be reported.

Amazon is the world’s largest online marketplace, and that means that there are occasions when copyright infringement pops up.

In today’s article, we’re going to cover the three most crucial steps to filing an Amazon infringement report, giving our readers a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the world of e-commerce. The three steps consist of finding the infringement, gathering evidence, and then reporting the claim.

Discover the Infringement

The first step is finding the copyright infringement in the first place and ensuring that it’s actually infringing upon the intellectual property. Keep in mind that the intellectual property that may be infringing can be licensed out, so it’s always essential to ensure that this isn’t the case.

There are many ways to discover infringement, whether by accident or by searching for it. There are plenty of services on the web that can scour the internet to find any instances of copyright infringement. After the violation has been discovered, the real process can begin.

Gather Evidence of Infringement

When approaching Amazon with a copyright infringement claim, the individual making the report is going to need evidence of it. Businesses that sell on Amazon that want to protect their brand will often register their trademark with the company, which ensures that others can’t sell their goods.

Another crucial piece of evidence would be a notarized signature that prevents others from selling them on sites that don’t have authorization. When all of this evidence is gathered together, the individual making the report will be ready to come forward to Amazon and let them know about it.

Report the Claim with Evidence

There are a few ways to report a copyright claim, and many will approach Amazon customer service first, but it’s also possible to cut to the chase far quicker. The Amazon copyright infringement form is specifically made for these cases, and it will contain fields for all of the necessary info.

The person making the report will then include all of the evidence of infringement in the copyright form, and it will be sent on to Amazon employees. If everything looks good, then Amazon will intervene and prevent the unlawful sale of the intellectual property.

Conclusion

Amazon has a reliable system for reporting a copyright infringement, and most of the issues are dealt with in a timely manner once an infringement form has been sent. It is also possible for the owner of the intellectual property to take legal action against the seller, though this will have to obviously be done outside of Amazon.

Steven SandersSteven Sanders
Steven is a writer, and blogger . He lives in Los Angeles, California and enjoys spending time with his family and on his motorcycle when not writing. He can be reached at steven.sanders@gmail.com.