We take protecting intellectual property rights, and maintaining a safe environment for our buyers and sellers, very seriously. As such, certain types of items, such as bootleg recordings, are not allowed on pay4gud, and others, such as celebrity autographs, have a range of restrictions around how they can be sold.
To provide further support in this area, our Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) program offers intellectual property owners a way to report listings that they believe infringe on their rights.
Please see our full guidelines below for more details on the VeRO program, and the rules we have in place to help protect intellectual property rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I list with a disclaimer that I don’t know if some of my items are authentic?
No, replicas, counterfeit items and unauthorized copies are not allowed, even with a disclaimer. You’re responsible for the authenticity of the items you list so you should contact the manufacturer to check your items’ authenticity.
Someone’s using the descriptions from my listings word for word. What can I do to stop them?
As the intellectual property owner, you can report the infringement. Complete a Notice of Claimed Infringement and send it to us – we’ll investigate and remove listings that are in violation of our policy.
What is copyright, and how do I know if I am violating someone’s rights?
Copyright is a form of intellectual property law that protects original works of authorship, such as books, music, videos, photos, paintings, and software. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works, and the work is protected as soon as it’s in a tangible form – on paper or on video, for example. The copyright prevents others from using the work without permission.
Under copyright laws, the owner of a particular, authorized copy of a copyrighted work is generally entitled to resell the particular copy they own. For example, if you buy a DVD movie, you’re allowed to resell that particular DVD. However, you can’t duplicate and sell, or even give away, unauthorized copies of the DVD, unless you’re the copyright owner or have permission from the copyright owner to do so.
What is a trademark, and what might be considered trademark infringement?
A trademark is a name or logo used by a company to identify its goods or services. For example, pay4gud® is the name of our company, and it’s also a trademark used on our site and on various pay4gud products and services. Trademark laws are primarily designed to protect people from confusing one company’s goods or services with those of another.
Trademark infringement usually involves using someone’s trademark on goods or services in a way that may confuse others about the source or affiliation of those goods or services. For example, if a seller unauthorized by or unaffiliated with Nike® sells sports clothes called “Nikestuff,” the seller is probably infringing Nike’s trademark.
Learn more about copyright and trademarks from Copyright.gov and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Read our full policy
Rules about intellectual property – overview
We’re committed to providing a safer place to buy and sell items, as well as protecting intellectual property rights. Using intellectual property, such as copyrighted material and trademarks, in an unlawful way is considered infringement, which is against the law and pay4gud policies.
Before listing items on pay4gud, be sure to read and follow our rules below and our Listing policies.
What are the guidelines?
Rules that affect what you can list on pay4gud
pay4gud VeRO Program: Reporting violations in listings or products
We created the Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program so intellectual property owners could report listings or products that infringe their intellectual property rights. It is in pay4gud’s interest to ensure that infringing items are removed from the site, as they erode the trust of our buyers and good sellers.
Here are some of our basic guidelines on what to do:
If you’re an intellectual property rights owner
Only intellectual property rights owners can report pay4gud listings that infringe their copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights. If you are a rights owner, you can learn more about the VeRO program and file a report from the Reporting intellectual property infringements (VeRO) page.
If you’re not the rights owner
Even if you’re not the rights owner, you can still help by getting in touch with the owner and encouraging them to contact us.
Some rights owners who participate in the VeRO Program have created a participant page so you can find out more about their products and legal positions. Though not all VeRO participants have a page, those that do can be found at our VeRO participant pages.
If your listing or product was removed
If you believe your listing or product was removed in error, learn more about how pay4gud protects intellectual property (VeRO).