A copyright by definition covers: literary, musical, dramatic works, pantomimes, choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, sculptural works, motion pictures, sound recordings, and architectural works.

Copyright complaints, when it comes to Amazon sellers, have to do with verbiage, copying and pasting someone else’s words or images / pictures. You cannot use somebody else’s pictures when you’re creating a listing. You need to create your own. They have to be Amazon compliant.

How a Copyright Complaint is Filed on Amazon.com

Amazon sellers, I’m Anthony, a paralegal at Rosenbaum, Famularo & Segall. Today I want to talk to you about copyrights and how complaints are filed on Amazon.

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Copyright complaints on Amazon.com

If you’ve been suspended on Amazon because of a copyright issue:

submit a case to Amazon Sellers Lawyer
Book: Amazon Sellers Guide - Copyright Law

Rosenbaum, Famularo & Segall, PC helps ecommerce sellers develop & protect intellectual property rights. This book focuses on teaching Amazon sellers about United States copyright law.

It’s important to know how to properly file a copyright & to understand what conditions a copyright protects.

We’ve reinstated thousands of accounts, obtained retractions of the vast majority of IP complaints asserted against our clients, and resolved many issues with Amazon’s lawyers & staff in the US, India, Ireland, Costa Rica & United Kingdom.

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What is Copyright Infringement?

Amazon Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is violating an owner’s exclusive rights to a work of art, granted by the federal Copyright Act, by the use of protected works without permission. The use of copyrighted works is unauthorized unless consent is given by the owner. A copyright owner has the right to reproduce the work, prepare imitations of their copyrighted work, distribute their work, and perform or display the work publicly. To demonstrate a valid copyright infringement claim, a plaintiff must show ownership of a copyright and show that the defendant has copied elements of the work that are original.

In Amazon cases, courts have denied motions to dismiss when facts are clearly stated to prove the defendant is actually aware they’re infringing on copyright laws or there’s proof of complete disregard for whether they’re infringing on copyrights or not. On the other hand, claims have been dismissed where insufficient facts have been pleaded to establish that the plaintiff possessed a valid copyright or that the defendants reproduced copyrighted work. A reasonable juror must be able to infer from the facts stated that the defendants may have violated copyright laws.

In the Milo & Gabby v. Amazon case, the court made a seminal decision & held that Amazon couldn’t be held liable for Amazon seller’s listings that infringed on others’ copyrights because Amazon was not themselves “offering for sale” the infringing products.

03:32 08 Apr 21
I called Rosenbaum regarding an IP complaint at 8 pm PST which I didn't realize was already 11 pm at his time. He called me back within a few sec and gave me the best advice, I can’t get words for my appreciation.
Vincent D.
Vincent D.
19:26 22 Mar 21
Spoke over the phone regarding Amazon copyright issue. They gave me great legal advice, and best of all they didn't charge me anything for the info! Would definitely recommend!
ThaReal J.
ThaReal J.
18:34 02 Feb 21
I dealt specifically with Marisol, and man was she informative and kind. She help me understand the severity of an IP claim while still making feel at ease to retaining this law firm and that they were the ones to handle my suspension. I can’t wait to retain this firm for all my Amazon issues moving forward.
Angel P.
Angel P.
19:30 08 Jan 21
It was a great pleasure speaking with Jenn McDonald & Marisol. They help me a lot I was able to point myself in the right direction. I originally called them to just get some answers on IP claims and how to better handle them. I’ve been using their website and looking at many of their YouTube videos which are a great reason for information especially for Amazon Sellers. I am looking forward to retaining their services and working more with them.
Linda Y.
Linda Y.
23:38 05 Jan 21
In my second month as a professional seller on Amazon, I received an IP complaint with a corresponding warning that my account was under review and in danger of possible suspension. After considerable panic, and hours of watching Utube videos on resolving IP issues. I found Rosenbaum Famularo, P.C. As advertised, their consultation was free and extremely helpful. I spoke with Marisol about my situation and she was amazing!! She is a great listener and advised me on a course of action. After I spoke with her I was able to proceed with tackling the IP problem. I highly recommend contacting this firm if you have any Amazon seller legal concerns, the consultation was free, friendly, helpful, and unhurried. I felt Marisol really cared about my situation and felt her genuine concern. A breath of fresh air in an often dismal world. Thank you!!!
Marty G.
Marty G.
04:00 03 Dec 20
I was having a copyright issue concerning a counter-claimant on Amazon.com. After researching law firms who specialize in copyright law, I decided to call Rosenbaum Familaro, P.C. CJ Rosenbaum answered my call and immediately put me at ease. He knew my concerns and was so generous with his time in explaining my options and imparting rock solid advice. THIS is the law firm to go to if you need legal advice and/or representation in matters of copyright and intellectual property rights. Highly recommended!
Alexander R.
Alexander R.
21:31 29 Oct 20
What can I say! Vincent is the man. Our ASIN got pulled on tuesday following a copyright/listing error, and by thursday evening we were back up and running. Cannot recommend them enough. Thanks again Vincent, and big thanks to Jenn too. She was super helpful as our initial point of contact!