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Prohibited Content

The following list of prohibited products comprises two sections: Prohibited Content and Intellectual Property Violations.

Listing prohibited content may result in the cancellation of your listings, or the suspension or removal of your selling privileges. Sellers are responsible for ensuring that the products they offer are legal and authorized for sale or re-sale.

If we determine that the content of a product detail page or listing is prohibited, potentially illegal, or inappropriate, we may remove or alter it without prior notice. Amazon.ca reserves the right to make judgments about whether or not content is appropriate.

Prohibited Content

  • Items not intended for distribution within Canada: Products that are specifically manufactured for, and identified as "not for distribution within Canada" cannot be sold on Amazon.ca. In general, such products can only be sold in the country for which they are designated for distribution. This includes the following: imported textbooks, DVDs in formats other than Region 1 (standard) or Region A (Blu-ray) and VHS tapes in formats other than NTSC.
  • Illegal and potentially illegal products: Products sold on the Amazon.ca website must adhere to all applicable laws. Sellers must know and comply with the legal requirements pertaining to products they offer for sale on Amazon.ca. This includes the sale of products by individuals outside Canada.
  • Nudity: In general, images that portray nudity in a gratuitous or graphic manner are prohibited.
  • "Adult" Products: Pornography, amateur pornography, X-rated movies, hard-core material including magazines, and sexual aid devices merchandized in an inappropriate manner are prohibited. Images of products that contain graphic content must be sufficiently concealed with censor strips or obscured to conceal the offensive subject matter.
  • Items that infringe upon an individual's privacy: Amazon 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.
  • Advertisements: Listings that are intended wholly or mainly as "portals" to commercial or private websites for the purposes of advertising, or that offer contact information for non-Amazon.ca offers, particularly those with non-Amazon.ca ordering tools or information are prohibited.
  • Products made available by digital download: Amazon.ca prohibits the listing of products that are made available by digital download, including "codes" that can be used to access content on other websites or services.
  • Materials prohibited by the CBSA: Amazon.ca does not permit the sale of items identified as prohibited by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). For more information, see http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

Intellectual Property Violations

  • Counterfeit merchandise: Products offered for sale on Amazon.ca must be authentic. Any product that has been illegally replicated, reproduced or manufactured is prohibited.
  • Unauthorized and unlicensed merchandise: All items offered for sale on Amazon.ca must be commercially produced and authorized or licensed for sale as a retail product. Read our rules for selling textbooks.
  • Recopied media: Media products (books, movies, CDs, television programs, software titles, videogames, and so on) that have been recopied, dubbed, duplicated, or transferred without permission of the rights holder are illegal to sell and are prohibited. This includes:
    • Books - Unauthorized copies of books are prohibited.
    • Music - Bootlegs, unauthorized live concerts, unauthorized soundboard recordings, unauthorized merchandise, etc., are prohibited.
    • Movies - Unauthorized copies of movies in any format are prohibited. Unreleased/prereleased movies, screeners, trailers, unpublished and unauthorized film scripts (no ISBN number), electronic press kits, and unauthorized props are also prohibited.
    • Photos - Unauthorized copies of photos are prohibited.
    • Radio programs & Concerts - Unauthorized recordings or copies of recordings of radio programs are prohibited.
    • Software - Recopied or duplicated software in any format is prohibited. Academic, OEM, back-up, fulfillment, promotional, beta (prerelease), unauthorized freeware/shareware, and "softlifted" versions of software are prohibited. Read our rules for selling software.
    • Television programs - Unauthorized copies of television programs (including pay-per-view events), programs never broadcast, unauthorized scripts, unauthorized props, and screeners are prohibited.
    • Video games - Video games sold on Amazon.ca 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, unauthorized bundles of video game products, and unauthorized accessories are also prohibited.
  • Transferred media. Media transferred from one format to another is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to: films converted from NTSC to Pal and Pal to NTSC, laserdisc to video, television to video, CD-ROM to cassette tape, from the Internet to any digital format, etc.
  • Promotional media: Promotional versions of media products, including books (advance reading copies and uncorrected proofs), music, and videos (screeners) are prohibited. These products are distributed for promotional consideration and generally are not authorized for retail distribution or sale.
  • Rights of Publicity: Celebrity images and/or the use of celebrity names cannot be used for commercial purposes without permission of a celebrity or their management. This includes product endorsements and use of a celebrity's likeness on merchandise such as posters, mouse pads, clocks, image collections in digital format, and so on.
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