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Hello, I have read the forums in order to educate myself and not be one of “those” buyers who ask ridiculous questions then argues with the veteran sellers… That being said, I believe I have read a thread or 2 about this issue. I had someone email my amazon account as buyer with the email below.

ISBN-10: 0972577033 is a privately labeled copyright version that you do not have access to and used items are not allowed for resale.. Remove your ad or I’ll file a copyright complaint with Amazon requesting account suspension.

There are multiple sellers selling this item used. Saying that, I know just because other people are selling it still doesn’t mean I’m allowed to. If I’m correct I believe the first sale doctrine would apply to this item. Please let me know if you believe that is correct or if I should remove the item. Below is the ASIN #.

ASIN: B00A2QA5R0

Any answers are greatly appreciated.

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If they are the rights owner, I’d comply and take it down. You could fight it and win, or you could be back in a few days asking for help with a suspension appeal. Only you can know how important that ASIN is to your business.

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If it really is the ISBN you posted then you are fine. There are two listings that come up on that ISBN and neither are anyone’s private label. Same thing goes for the ASIN you posted. Not sure what they are talking about but even if it is the publisher(my guess is it’s not) they still can’t stop you from selling it “Used”. I would report the message and the seller to Amazon and then forget about it.

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It’s a book …. you’re selling it as Used …. and you are well within your rights to do so on Amazon.

I wouldn’t worry about it myself to much.

I would reply to them and advise them that you are allowed to sell it used and if they contact you again you will report them to Amazon …..

PS – Amazon doesn’t Private Label or Brand books

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there are a couple of things to consider.

First, if the book was produced “Not For Resale” and a notice to that effect — doesn’t have to be those exact words — is found anywhere in or on the book, then simply listing it is a violation of Amazon selling policy. ISBN numbers are frequently assigned to not-for-resale books.

If the person who created it thusly informs Amazon that seller X is defying their in-Amazon-policy no-resale restriction, it is definitely within the realm of possibility that very bad things might happen.

Next, First Sale doctrine — which has been rehashed here a billion times — does, in most cases, protect YOUR right to resell your property… but never requires a private enterprise like Amazon to let you use their venue to do so.

Amazon can block the sale of anything they want.

And in today’s bad-publicity atmosphere of what’s being sold on Amazon, the company would much rather suspend the small seller than defend him against a rights complaint.

So, with those thoughts and others not typed in mind, I find that urging an OP to “go for it” and stand on principle — which might not apply anyway — is reckless advice.

Especially for a single title, rather than a mission-critical sku.

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