Copyrighted content

Our policy

Google restricts the promotion of copyrighted content. If you would like to promote copyrighted content and believe you are legally authorized to do so, you can contact us. To learn more about how we handle copyright-related issues or to submit a copyright-related complaint, use this form.

Examples of what's not allowed

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content
 Unauthorized software that captures, copies, provides, or sells access to copyrighted content
  • Examples: Software that enables unauthorized selling, streaming, sharing, copying, or downloading of audio guides, e-books, anime, games, movies, mp3 ringtones, music, software, TV shows, works by independent artists, record labels, or other content creators
Facilitating unauthorized offline distribution of copyrighted content
  • Examples: Unauthorized physical copies of copyrighted CDs, DVDs, or software
Software, sites, or tools that remove digital rights management (DRM) technology from copyrighted material or otherwise circumvent copyright (irrespective of whether intended use is legitimate or not)
  • Examples: Products such as Blu-ray or DVD rippers/burners/converters, that provide access to copyrighted content by stripping or bypassing DRM technology on audio, video, e-books, or software

What you can do

Here's more detail about each violation and what you can do if your item is disapproved or your Merchant Center account is warned or suspended:

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content

To ensure a safe and positive experience for users, Google requires that advertisers comply with all applicable laws and regulations in addition to Shopping ads policies. It is important that you familiarize yourself with and keep up to date on these requirements for the place where your business operates, as well as any other places Shopping ads are shown. When we find content that violates these requirements, we may block it from appearing, and in cases of repeated or egregious violations, we may ban you from promoting Shopping ads content with us.
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