Trademark

A trademark is a word, symbol, or combination that identifies the source of a product and distinguishes it from other products. A trademark is specifically acquired by a company or other entity through a legal process and once acquired gives the owner exclusive rights to the trademark usage with respect to those goods.

Trademark infringement is improper or unauthorized use of a trademark in a way that is likely to cause confusion as to the source of that product. YouTube policies prohibit videos and channels that infringe trademarks. If you upload content on YouTube that uses another party's trademarks in a way that is likely to cause confusion, your videos can be blocked and your channel suspended.

If you are a trademark owner and you believe your trademark is being infringed, please note that YouTube is not in a position to mediate trademark disputes between users and trademark owners. As a result, we strongly encourage trademark owners to resolve their disputes directly with the user who posted the content in question. Contacting the uploader may resolve things more quickly in a way that is more beneficial to you, the uploader, and the YouTube community. Trademark owners can contact the user through YouTube's private messaging feature or you can submit a complaint directly to the uploader through our Trademark complaint form.

If you are unable to reach a resolution with the account holder in question, please submit a trademark complaint through our Trademark complaint form. 

Submit a trademark complaint

YouTube is willing to perform a limited investigation of reasonable complaints and will remove or restrict content in cases of clear infringement. To further encourage resolution between users, YouTube forwards each trademark complaint to the uploader before taking any action, giving the uploader the opportunity to address any potential Trademark issues. 

We will also accept free-form trademark complaints, submitted by email, fax and mail.

If your complaint relates to the sale or promotion of counterfeit goods, please file a Counterfeit complaint.

If your complaint relates to a protected work, such as a song, movie, or book, please file a Copyright complaint.

 

 

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