At Adobe, we respect the intellectual property rights of others and we expect our users to do the same. If you believe someone has uploaded content to an Adobe service that infringes your copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, please let us know by sending us an Intellectual Property (“IP”) infringement notice. If your concern is regarding content posted to Adobe Stock. Please visit our Adobe Stock IP Policy to review the necessary information required to process your notice.
Copyright notices concerning content posted on any other Adobe service must meet all requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) (described below). Likewise, for Trademark and other intellectual property notices, you must provide us with clear information about the location of the allegedly infringing work for identification purposes, complete information about your trademark or other intellectual property, and your contact information (name, physical address, and email address).
The most effective way to submit a notice to us is via our online form. Or you can submit it via mail or via fax to:
345 Park Avenue
Mail Stop W11-542
San Jose, CA 95110
Fax: (408) 516-9957
When you submit a notice, we may provide a copy of your notice to the user who uploaded the content you say is infringing. This also applies to any contact information you include in your notice to us.
We only respond to complete and effective DMCA notices from the copyright holder or their authorized agent that contain the following elements:
- A description of the copyrighted work infringed (for example, an image, text, video, etc.);
- The uniform resource locator (URL) where the material you claim is infringing is located on our services, or a description of that location sufficiently detailed for us to find it;
- A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the content identified in your notice is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law;
- Your contact information (such as your name, physical address, and email address); and
- A certification, under penalty of perjury, that the notice is accurate, signed (either electronically or physically) by the copyright owner or the copyright owner’s legal representative.
Before you file your DMCA notice, please carefully consider whether or not the use of the copyrighted material at issue is protected by the Fair Use doctrine. If you reside outside the US, please consider carefully if other use exceptions for copyright protection apply. If you abuse the notice process when there is no infringing use, you could be liable for costs and attorneys' fees, and may be subject to having your user account deactivated.
We are not in the position to provide you with legal advice; so, if you are unsure whether someone's use of your copyrighted material amounts to infringement, you may want to contact an attorney, or to consult publicly available reference materials such as those found at the U.S. Copyright Office web site or the Lumen web site.
Most trademark complaints we receive relate to our Behance portfolio website for creative professionals. Before you file a trademark complaint about content hosted on Behance or other Adobe products or services, please consider the following:
- Is The Work You Are Concerned About In The Behance Portfolio of A Creative Professional Who Has Worked For You? Sometimes we receive trademark complaints from brands asking us to remove work from the Behance portfolios of the very creative professionals who have created award-winning advertising campaigns for them. Typically this is because they (or trademark-policing agencies they use) don’t understand what the Behance platform is or who uses it. Please take the time to make sure you aren’t asking us to remove content from the portfolios of the very creative professionals you employ. They deserve credit for what they have created!
- Is The Work Student Work? Behance frequently is used by art or design students to showcase work they have developed as part of a class assignment (such as “create a redesigned logo for [company ‘x’]). Sometimes we receive trademark complaints from brands who claim that student work infringes their mark. Rather than asking us to remove student work, please consider asking the student to more clearly label their work “Student Work / Not Prepared At The Request of [Insert Your Brand].” You can message Behance users directly using the “message” button you’ll find on their profile. That way, you avoid any likelihood of confusion with your brand, while still allowing students to showcase their talent.
- Is Your Mark Protected in The Country Where The Creative Professional Resides? Creative professionals from all over the world use Behance to showcase their work. Before you file a trademark complaint, please (a) check the artist’s portfolio for their country of residence and (b) determine whether you have trademark protections in that country.
Counter Notices and Objections
If you believe we disabled your content on an Adobe service as a result of an improper DMCA infringement notice, you can file a DMCA counter notice using our online form, sending it to the United States fax number above, or sending it to the mailing address above. Adobe will only take action in response to DMCA counter notices that contain all of the following elements:
- A clear description of the material we disabled and the location (specific URL(s) where it was hosted before it was disabled;
- A statement that you consent to jurisdiction of the Federal District court for the district where you reside (or of Santa Clara County, California if you reside outside of the United States) and that you will accept service of process from the person who filed the DMCA notice you are responding to or their agent;
- Your contact information (such as your name, physical address, and email address and telephone number); and
- A statement made and signed by you under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification.
Before you file your DMCA counter notice, please carefully consider whether or not your use of the material at issue is infringing. If you file a DMCA counter notice when your use is infringing, you could be liable for costs and attorneys’ fees. If you are unsure whether your use of the content at issue amounts to infringement, you may want to contact an attorney. You might also want to consult publicly available reference materials such as those found at the U.S. Copyright Office web site or the Lumen web site.
Users whose content is restored as a result of a counter-notice will not have the original DMCA notice counted as a ‘strike’ against them for repeat infringer purposes.
If you are objecting to a trademark or other intellectual property notice you received, you may submit your response using our online form, sending it to the United States fax number above, or the mailing address above.
We have adopted the following policy to address repeat copyright infringement by our users on our user generated content (“UGC”) Services. When an effective copyright notice is filed with Adobe against a user regarding one or more pieces of allegedly infringing content, the user will receive one 'strike' against their account. If the user receives three 'strikes' from the same or different copyright holders within a one-year period, the user account will be terminated.
There are exceptions to this policy, as follows:
- DMCA counter notices and court actions are taken into consideration. If a DMCA counter notice is filed by a user and is uncontested regarding the allegedly infringing material in question, the corresponding 'strike' will be removed from the user account. In the event a court action is filed to restrain the user from reposting the allegedly infringing material, we will wait for the outcome of the legal proceedings to determine if the 'strike' will be removed or not.
- Retraction notices from the copyright holder or their agent will trigger the removal of the corresponding 'strike'.
- Copyright holders (one or more) that attempt to game the policy by submitting multiple notices on the same day or within a few days regarding content that was previously posted by the same user will be flagged. For the purposes of the policy, we will count these reports as one 'strike'.
- Storefronts and Websites (Magento, Business Catalyst, Portfolio, Spark, etc.) that are reported for infringement are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. When we receive an infringement claim, we evaluate how many accounts are managed by the user (webmaster), as well as the scope of the allegedly infringing material to make a determination if the behavior falls under the policy.
Thanks for respecting the rights of creative professionals everywhere.
The Adobe IP Agent