Replica and counterfeit
It’s illegal to sell counterfeits, fakes, or replicas of brand-name items. We don’t allow these items to be sold on 4Bike.
Brand name misuse
You may not use brand names in your listing if the product isn’t manufactured by or compatible with that brand. You may use “compatible with,” “fits,” or “for” before a brand name if the item you are describing is specifically designed to be compatible with the products of that brand.
If you include logos in your listing descriptions, make sure you’re authorized to use them. Using someone’s logo without permission is a violation of trademark laws and can be misleading for buyers. Creating a logo that’s similar to someone else’s can also be a trademark infringement.
Listings that contain a misrepresentation regarding an item’s warranty are in violation of trademark laws. Information relating to the warranty of a product is considered material information and should never be misrepresented. You should read the warranty or contact the manufacturer to be sure that the warranty is eligible for a buyer before mentioning it in a listing.
A copyright is the legal protection given to authors of creative works such as movies, music, software, photographs, and books, both published and unpublished. Copyright protection prevents others from using the work without permission.
Image and text
Using someone else’s image or description without permission could violate copyright laws. If you use text or an image that was created by someone else be sure that you have permission to use the text or image.
Media, software, movies, paintings
Selling unauthorized copies of media, software, movies, or paintings violates copyright laws. Unauthorized copies include but aren’t limited to backup, pirated, duplicated, or bootlegged copies. Copyright protection prevents others from using creative works without permission. It may also limit the right to distribute the copyrighted product.
Design right (Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand only)
Design right applies to the way something looks, the shape and configuration of a product, but not its functionality. Design rights protect designs from being copied and used by someone else.
Patent rights (Europe)
A patent is a specific set of rights granted to inventors, giving them the right to exclude others from making, using, and selling their invention. Patents are registered with each region’s patent and trademark office.
Some products are intended for sale in a specific market or country. The sale of these products into another country or market could violate trademark or copyright laws. We strongly encourage our members to educate themselves about the laws of their own country, as well as the countries where they plan to do business.
Sellers who continue to violate intellectual property rights may be subject to a range of consequences, from selling restrictions to full suspension from the site.
You may see items on 4Bike that are similar to your listing but haven’t been removed. There are a few reasons why this could happen.
If you see another listing that you think violates the rights of the owner, please email the rights owner.
If we removed your listing because of a policy violation, we may refund your fees for that listing, depending on the policy you violated and whether you’ve violated our policies in the past.
If your listing was reported and you believe your listing was removed in error, contact the rights owner directly. The email we sent you about the removal will include the rights owner’s contact information. If the rights owner has made a mistake, they should email 4Bike to retract their report.
Counter notices can only be submitted for US-based copyright reports, in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Find out what information you need to provide when filing a counter notice as outlined under 17 U.S.C. section 512(g)(3). Once we receive a valid counter notice, we’ll provide a copy of the notice to the VeRO participant and inform them that the listings will be reinstated after 10 business days if they don’t inform us that they have filed an action seeking a court order to restrain you from relisting the items. If you wish to file a counter notice, you can contact us.
4Bike may disclose your personal information to other members of the 4Bike Ltd. corporate family or to third parties, as outlined in our User Privacy Notice.
If your listing was removed, don’t relist without first finding out why.
No. 4Bike isn’t an expert in the intellectual property rights of third parties. As a result, we aren’t in a position to make a judgment as to whether the item you have listed is authorized or legal. This is why we urge you to contact the rights owner directly.
When we removed your listing(s), we sent you a message in My Messages which contains the name of the rights owner and their contact information. We encourage you to contact them if you feel your item was removed incorrectly or if you need additional information about why it was reported and removed. If the rights owner has a VeRO participant profile, please read it first as it may answer some of the questions you have. Be sure to include the following information when you contact the rights owner
When 4Bike receives notice through VeRO that a listing allegedly infringes intellectual property rights, we must remove the listing as soon as possible. Resource constraints prevent us from contacting users prior to removal of allegedly infringing items and/or content from our site.
Unfortunately, there may be times when listings aren’t removed because the rights owner has not reported them to us. If you believe an item is potentially infringing, and it hasn’t been removed by 4Bike, we encourage you to contact the rights owner and inform them of the possible infringement.
VeRO may only be used by rights owners to submit claims of alleged intellectual property infringement. 4Bike doesn’t accept reports from rights owners alleging violations of selective distribution agreements, MAP policies, or other contractual agreements.
If you’ve reported a listing in error, you can submit a retraction by emailing the listing information to the VeRO team at email@example.com
Since the VeRO program is for rights owners, if you don’t own intellectual property rights and aren’t their authorized representative, you won’t be able to report items through the program.
However, you can still help by getting in touch with legitimate rights owners (companies or individuals who hold intellectual property rights) and encouraging them to contact us about participating in the VeRO program. You can also inform them of potentially problematic listings.
The VeRO program can’t be used to report stolen items. If you have identified a seller listing items which you believe to be stolen, we ask that you contact the relevant law enforcement body. We can’t take action regarding stolen items unless we receive a report from law enforcement. Once this happens, we’ll gladly assist them with their investigations.