"Our action today sends a strong message to all criminals that PayPal does not tolerate such illegal activity on our global payment platform and we work closely with industry organizations, like the MPA, who alerted us to these intellectual property right violations," said Julie Bainbridge, PayPal's head of Global Brand Risk Management." This operation also sends a reassuring signal to our users that their PayPal purchases are more trustworthy and secure. While the vast majority of business conducted on our platform is legitimate, we will investigate any and all reported violations of our acceptable use policy."
"We are very pleased that this joint operation has resulted in the immediate shutdown of dozens of accounts belonging to copyright infringers, many of whom have been exploiting legitimate platforms for years to sell counterfeit material worldwide," said Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director, MPA Asia Pacific. "We also commend PayPal for taking decisive action against these illegal activities on its global payment platform. Through this operation, PayPal has once again shown itself to be a consistent and reliable partner in the fight against copyright theft."
PayPal prohibits the sale of items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary rights under the laws of any jurisdiction as part of its acceptable use policy. PayPal's acceptable use policy is found at https://cms.paypal.com/AUP.
PayPal's Brand Risk Management team regularly works with merchants to improve their compliance controls to actively detect and take down violations as part of an anti-counterfeit program which also includes a policy and process for rights owners to submit infringement claims.