Copyright Infringement FAQ
What is intellectual property?
Your intellectual property is works that you have produced as a result of your own or your company's creativity. Intellectual property covers a wide varied of things, including, but not limited to:
- Images and video
- Logos, branding and slogans.
Intellectual property is protected by law. There are two main types of intellectual property: trademarks and copyrights.
What is copyright infringement?
Copyright infringement is the use or theft of someone else's intellectual work without their consent.
As a Selz customer, it is your responsibility to protect your intellectual property, and make sure that you don't infringe on someone else's content. There are distinctions between copyright and trademarked intellectual properties, and many countries are different in how they interpret copyright law. Lean more at the US Copyright Office website.
What is trademark infringement?
Trademarks are used for intangible works, or ones that don't have a strictly physical presence. Trademarks are used for branding or for distinguishing a business from competitors and other products. The use of a trademarked without permission is trademark infringement.
Want to know if a term or item is protected?
The best way to determine the answer to this question is to do a search.
- U.S. Copyright Office records
- U.S. United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Electronic Search System
- World Intellectual Property Organization Intellectual Property Portal’s Global Brand Database
If you don't find what you're looking for on these, that likely means the copyright or trademark is not registered. However, depending on where you live, copyright or trademark laws still might apply. Make sure to do your research if you're entering a highly competitive field.
Infringement reporting process
If you have reason to believe that content on a store that uses Selz violates or infringes your copyright or trademark, please see our Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.