Items sold on Amazon.com must follow our content policy and guidelines.
Producers or sellers of items are expected to conduct proper research to ensure that the items created to be sold on Amazon.com are in compliance with all local, state, national, and international laws. If Amazon.com determines that the content of an item is prohibited, we may summarily remove or alter it without returning any fees the listing has incurred. Amazon.com reserves the right to make judgments about whether or not content is appropriate.
Here are some examples of prohibited content:
- Pornography; X-rated movies; home porn; hard-core material, including magazines, that depict graphic sexual acts, amateur porn and soiled undergarments. Unrated erotic videos and DVDs and properly censored erotic artwork and magazines of the type you'd find at a typical bookstore are permitted. Nudity, graphic titles, and descriptions must be sufficiently concealed with censor strips on all items containing such content.
- Offensive material
- What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. This includes items such as crime-scene photos or human organs and body parts. Amazon.com reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of items sold on our site. Also, be aware of cultural differences and sensitivities. Some items may be acceptable in one country, but unacceptable in another. Please keep in mind our global community of customers.
- Illegal items
- Items sold on the Amazon.com Web site must adhere to all applicable laws. This includes the sale of items by individuals outside the United States. Some items that may not be sold include any products which may lead to the production of an illegal item or illegal activity.
- Stolen goods
- If Amazon.com learns that an item is not the property of the seller, or was obtained through illegal means, we will immediately remove the item from our Web site.
- Items that infringe upon an individual's privacy
- Amazon.com holds personal privacy in the highest regard. Therefore, items that infringe upon, or have potential to infringe upon, an individual's privacy are prohibited. Additionally, the sale of marketing lists (bulk e-mail lists, direct-mail marketing lists, etc.) is prohibited.
- Solutions manuals
- Manuals or teacher's editions that provide answer keys to student textbook editions are prohibited.
- Recopied media
- Copies, dubs, duplicates, or transfers of books, music, videos, software, images, etc., are prohibited. Just as you cannot sell a photocopied book without the author's permission, you cannot sell copies or duplicates of videos, music, video games, software, photos, etc. Likewise, you cannot sell transferred media--whether laserdisc to video, CD-ROM to cassette tape, or from the Internet to any digital format--unless explicitly approved by the author.
- Promotional media
- Movies, CDs, software, books (including advance reading copies and uncorrected proofs), etc. that are produced and distributed for promotional use only are prohibited for sale through Amazon.com.
- Video games
- Video games sold through Amazon.com must be full retail versions. Recopied and transferred video games are prohibited. Mod chips, silver disks, video game emulators, Sega bootdisks, game enhancers, unauthorized video game compilations, and accessories are also prohibited.
- Only full retail versions of software may be sold through Amazon.com. Software that has been copied or duplicated in any format is prohibited. Additionally, OEM, back-up, fulfillment, promotional, beta (prerelease), unauthorized freeware/shareware, "softlifted" software versions, and academic software requiring pre-purchase verification are prohibited.
- Unauthorized copies of movies (VHS, DVD, etc.) may not be sold through Amazon.com. Also, movies that have been transferred from one format to another (unless done by the proper rights holder) are not permitted. For example, NTSC to Pal and Pal to NTSC conversions are not permitted unless done by the proper rights holder. Unreleased/prereleased movies, screeners, trailers, unpublished and unauthorized film scripts (with no ISBN number), electronic press kits, and unauthorized props are prohibited.
- Television programs
- Unauthorized copies of television programs, including pay-per-view events, are prohibited. Commercially produced and licensed copies of television programs are permitted. Unauthorized television programs and unauthorized copies of programs never broadcast, unauthorized scripts, unauthorized props, and screeners are prohibited.
- Recopied music in any format is prohibited. Bootlegs, unauthorized live concerts, unauthorized soundboard recordings, unauthorized merchandise, etc., is not permitted.
- Replicas of trademarked items
- The sale of unauthorized replicas, or pirated, counterfeit, and knockoff merchandise is not permitted.
- Rights of publicity
- Celebrity images and/or celebrity names cannot be used for commercial purposes without permission of the celebrity or their management. This includes product endorsements and merchandise as well as unauthorized celebrity image collections.