Intellectual Property Policy

As a venue for artists, designers, and makers, Sportants takes intellectual property rights very seriously. We comply with intellectual property laws and industry best practices in order to maintain the integrity of our creative hybrid marketplace. This Intellectual Property Policy explains how we address allegations of infringement, how authorized parties can submit proper notices of infringement regarding content on our hybrid marketplace, and how Sportants suppliers can respond when their listings or shops are affected by a notice.

For more information on use of Sportants's intellectual property, including guidelines for the use of Sportants's Trademarks and brand, please refer to Sportants's Trademark Policy

This policy is a part of our Terms of Use.

    1. Sportants's Role
    2. Counter Notices
    3. Repeat Infringement
    4. Notice Withdrawals
    5. Notices of Intellectual Property Infringement

1. Sportants's Role

Sportants is a hybrid marketplace comprised of individual third-party suppliers who run their own shops, create their own policies, and are responsible for their inventory, shipments, and complying with the law. We provide a venue, but Sportants does not manufacture goods, hold inventory, or ship items on behalf of our suppliers. The content uploaded on Sportants's hybrid marketplace is generated by independent suppliers who are not employees, agents, or representatives of Sportants. Suppliers are responsible for ensuring they have all necessary rights to their content and that they are not infringing or violating any third party’s rights by posting it.

Sportants reserves the right to disable any listing, shop, or account that we believe violates our Terms of Use, including this Intellectual Property Policy or our Prohibited Items Policy. Sportants also reserves the right to take action against abusers of Sportants’s Intellectual Property Policy or our Terms of Use.

Sportants can’t speak on behalf of intellectual property owners, nor is Sportants in a position to offer legal advice or make legal determinations whether a supplier’s content infringes someone else’s intellectual property. Sportants will remove material cited for alleged intellectual property infringement when provided with a proper notice.


2. Counter Notice

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Sportants accepts counter notices for copyright notices only. When Sportants receives a DMCA counter notice, we will provide a copy of the counter notice to the original complaining party. The removed material may be replaced or access to it may be restored 10 business days after the counter notice is processed, unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the allegedly infringing party and informs Sportants of this action.


3. Repeat Infringement

Sportants terminates selling privileges of members who are subject to repeat or multiple notices of intellectual property infringement in appropriate circumstances and at Sportants’s discretion. If we believe a member has attempted to open a new shop after termination of the initial account, we reserve the right to refuse all services to that member. These actions apply to any accounts we believe are associated with or operated by the affected member. Per our Terms of Use, Sportants reserves the right to terminate account privileges at any time, for any reason, and without advance notice.


4. Notice Withdrawals

Sportants only accepts withdrawals of infringement notices directly from the intellectual property owner or authorized representative who submitted the claim. The withdrawal must clearly state that it is a formal withdrawal and sufficiently identify the member and/or material (such as by providing the username, shop name, and Sportants listing URLs).

Once Sportants receives a formal withdrawal of a notice of infringement, Sportants makes reasonable attempts to contact both parties involved to confirm receipt from the party submitting the withdrawal and to inform the member affected by the withdrawal. Please note that infringement matters are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and withdrawals do not guarantee changes to a member's shop status.


5. Notices of Intellectual Property Infringement

Sportants strives to respond quickly when we receive proper notice of intellectual property infringement by removing or disabling access to the allegedly infringing material. When Sportants removes or disables access in response to a notice, Sportants makes a reasonable attempt to contact the affected member, provide information about the notice and removal, and, in cases of alleged copyright infringement, provide information about how to submit a counter notice. Sportants may also provide a copy of the infringement notice, including the name and email address of the reporting party, to the affected member.

Please use Contact Form, or email us: info@sportants.com to provide notice of claimed infringement to Sportants’s Designated Agent under the DMCA and other intellectual property claims. Please ensure that you provide the URL link for the alleged violation.

Sportants may request additional information before processing a notice, such as identity verification of the reporting party or documentation regarding the claimed right. Sportants may reject notices or counter notices that contain information we believe is false, fraudulent, incomplete, or otherwise submitted in bad faith. Sportants also reserves the right to take action against abusers of this policy.


Last updated on Jan 14, 2020