Reporting Trademark Infringements
To learn more about trademark rights, visit the World Intellectual Property Organization's trademark directory.
Submitting a claim of trademark infringement is a serious matter with potential legal consequences.
Before you report a claim of trademark infringement to us, you may want to reach out to the person posting the content. You may be able to resolve the issue simply by bringing it to their attention without contacting Instagram at all.
If you wish to submit a claim of trademark infringement to Instagram, you can fill out this online form. You don’t need an Instagram account to submit a report. If you’re not sure whether the content you’re reporting is infringing your legal rights, you may want to seek legal guidance.
If you choose to submit a report, please be prepared to include a complete trademark claim.
The fastest and easiest way to submit a claim of trademark infringement to us is to use our online form. It may be required by law that you include the following information:
- Your complete contact information (full name, mailing address, and phone number). Note that we regularly provide your contact information, including your email and the name of your organization or client, and/or the contents of your report to the person who posted the content you are reporting. You may wish to provide a professional or business email address for contact by users.
- The specific word, symbol, etc., in which you claim trademark rights.
- The basis for your claim of trademark rights (such as a national or community registration), including registration number, if applicable.
- The country or jurisdiction in which you claim trademark rights.
- The category of goods and/or services for which you assert rights.
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material on our site. The easiest way to do this is by providing web addresses (URLs) leading directly to the allegedly infringing content.
- A description of how you believe this content infringes your trademark.
- If you are not the rights holder, an explanation of your relationship to the rights holder.
- A declaration that:
- You have a good faith belief that use of the trademark as described above, in the manner you have complained of, is not authorized by the trademark owner, its agent, or the law.
- The information in your notice is accurate.
- You declare, under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of a trademark that is allegedly infringed.
- Your electronic signature or physical signature.
We’ll process the claim, which may result in removing the reported content from Instagram.
If the content is removed, the party that posted the content will receive a warning letting them know that content they posted to Instagram was removed because of a claim of trademark infringement. We will also provide them with your contact information, including email address and the name of your organization or client, and/or the contents of your report.
If the party that posted the content believes that the content shouldn’t have been removed, they’ll be encouraged to reach out to you to try to resolve the issue directly.
If the content is removed based on United States trademark rights, they will also be able to contact Instagram directly if they believe the content should not have been removed. Our team will review their submission, and if we determine that the content should not have been removed, we will restore it and notify you that we have restored that content.
Keep in mind that if you choose to message the other person directly instead of submitting a claim, Instagram won’t get a copy of your message or be notified about the issue.
Only the trademark owner or their authorized representative, may report a suspected infringement. If you believe that something on Instagram infringes someone else’s trademark rights, you may want to let the rights owner know.
We can't provide you with any legal advice. If you aren't certain that you're legally authorized to use the content, don't upload it to Instagram. If you have done so already, you should remove it immediately.
If you don't own the trademark to content you wish to post, posting it might be a violation of the law if you don't have the permission of the trademark holder.
When we receive a report from someone claiming that content on the site infringes their trademark, we may need to immediately remove that content from Instagram without contacting you first.
If we remove your content because of a trademark claim, you’ll receive a warning from Instagram that includes the contact information of the person or company who made the report. If you believe the content should not have been removed, you can follow up with them directly to try to resolve the issue.
If the content is removed based on United States trademark rights, you will also be able to contact Instagram directly if you believe the content should not have been removed. In that event, we’ll include instructions for how to contact us in the warning message we send you. Our team will review your submission, and if we determine that your content should not have been removed, we will restore it and notify the reporting party that we have restored that content.
It’s our policy to disable the accounts of people who repeatedly infringe others’ intellectual property rights when appropriate. Please make sure that all content you’ve posted and will post in the future doesn’t violate or infringe the rights of others.
When we receive trademark claims through our online form and remove the reported content, we provide the reported user with the following information:
- Report number
- Rights holder’s name
- Email address provided by the reporting party
- Description of the rights holder’s trademark(s)
- Description of the removed content
In rare instances (such as when we are contacted by fax, mail or email), we pass through the report number and a description of the removed content, and additional information can be provided upon request.
For any content that was removed based on United States trademark rights, we will include instructions for how to contact Instagram directly if you believe the content should not have been removed.