Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy
Yahoo respects intellectual property laws and has adopted the following policy toward intellectual property infringement on its Services.
Reporting Instances of Intellectual Property Violations
NOTE: This policy addresses copyright and trademark concerns relating to content accessible on or through Yahoo’s Services, other than Bing search results. For copyright or trademark concerns about search results powered by Bing (including, but not limited to, Sponsored Listings and Ads results), please click on the relevant sections under Resources to contact Microsoft directly.
Yahoo responds to effective and complete notices of intellectual property violations that provide specific information for us to identify and locate the allegedly infringing materials. In appropriate instances, we will remove allegedly infringing materials. Upon review, we may decline to remove allegedly infringing materials – for example, if we determine they are not infringing, if we lack adequate information to determine that they are infringing, if we are unable to find the accused materials, or if the materials are protected by the fair use doctrine, among other reasons.
Please note, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), section 512(f), any person that knowingly materially misrepresents that activity is infringing may be liable for damages, including costs and attorney’s fees. If someone has posted your original work (for example, a photo you took, or an article you wrote) without your permission, you may want to seek legal guidance to find out if your intellectual property rights have been infringed. Yahoo is unable to provide you with legal advice regarding copyright, trademark or other intellectual property matters.
If you believe that work residing or accessible on or through Yahoo’s Services infringes a copyright, please send a notice of copyright infringement to Yahoo's Agent for Notice with the following information (your “Notice”):
- Identification of the work or material that you claim has been infringed. If this material exists online, please provide a URL.
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing, including its location on the Yahoo network, with sufficient detail so that Yahoo is capable of finding the material and verifying its existence (e.g., in most circumstances, we will need a URL).
- Contact information, including your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or law.
- A statement by you that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that, under penalty of perjury, you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
- A physical or electronic signature of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed or a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner.
c/o Oath Inc.
Phone: (703) 265-1000
If you are asserting infringement of a trademark, whether in connection with a sponsored search ad or user content, we recommend that you submit your notice using the following form:
c/o Oath Holdings Inc.
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
If your complaint relates to counterfeit activity, visit the following page: https://legal.yahoo.com/us/en/yahoo/ip/counterfeits/index.html.
Counter Notices / Appeals
If you believe you are the wrongful subject of a DMCA notification, you may file a counter-notification with Yahoo. Visit Yahoo’s Counter Notification page for more information on filing a counter notification.
Accounts or subscribers that are the subject of a trademark notice may submit an appeal to Yahoo's Agent, along with any relevant materials you would like Yahoo to consider.
Yahoo reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate any user for actual or apparent infringement of intellectual property rights. Yahoo will terminate, under appropriate circumstances, the accounts of users who are repeat copyright infringers
Yahoo may forward a copy of any Notice including name and email address to the subscriber or account holder who posted that content in order to notify that person. It may also forward a copy of a Notice (with personally identifiable information removed) to the Chilling Effects website (https://lumendatabase.org/) for publication, or post a copy of a Notice (with personally identifiable information removed) on our website. Any subscriber or account holder may ask for a copy of any Notice, although Yahoo may make redactions to eliminate irrelevant or personally identifying information.
*Please note that, due to security concerns, attachments sent via email cannot be accepted. Accordingly, any notification of infringement submitted electronically with an attachment will not be received or processed.
Last updated: October 2019