Reporting Trademark Infringements

Instagram’s Terms of Use prohibit people on Instagram from violating others’ trademark rights. If you're unsure whether content on Instagram violates your trademark rights, you may want to seek legal advice as to whether your rights have been infringed.

For more information about trademark rights generally, you may wish to visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website and/or World Intellectual Property Organization's trademark directory, as applicable.

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Submitting a claim of trademark infringement is a serious matter with potential legal consequences.

Before you submit a claim of trademark infringement to us, you may wish to reach out to the individual 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 do so via our online form. If you're unsure whether the content you're reporting is infringing your legal rights, you may wish to seek legal guidance.

If you choose to submit a report, be prepared to include all elements of a complete trademark claim.

Note: You don't need an Instagram account to submit a report.

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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). Please note that we may provide your contact information and/or the contents of your report to the user who posted the content you are reporting.
  • 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:
    1. 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.
    2. The information in your notice is accurate.
    3. 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.
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If you aren't the trademark owner (or the authorized representative of the owner), you can't report a claim of infringement to us. If you believe that content on Instagram violates another party's trademark rights, you may wish to advise the rights owner directly.

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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.

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When we receive a claim of trademark infringement from a third party alleging that content on the site infringes their trademark, we may need to immediately remove or disable access to that material on Instagram. We aren't in a position to resolve disputes between parties.

It's our policy to disable the accounts of repeat infringers when appropriate. Please ensure that all content you’ve posted and post in the future doesn't violate or infringe the rights of others. If the removal of your content was an isolated incident, no further action will be required on your part.

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