Thousands of TikTok Shops have been shut down over the last few hours, as the platform cracks down on alleged copyright violations.
Here’s what you need to remember when selling on TikTok Shop: there are strict rules to play by. The recent shutdown suggests not everyone was following these regulations.
Thousands of TikTok Shops shut down
People’s shops have been shut down for breaking guidelines surrounding copyright, intellectual property and counterfeit products.
“TikTok users are waking up today to find out that their account has been suspended and all of the funds they’ve made in X amount of days has also been suspended,” one user explained.
He said that there are very strict copyright laws in the US which some people haven’t been following on TikTok Shop.
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Many have been infringing these laws by making products with copyrighted brands on without permission, such as Disney characters.
Others have been buying counterfeits of patented products and ‘dropshipping’ them directly from a wholesaler to the customer.
‘A long time coming’
Internet users are saying the closures have been a long time coming and many are surprised that TikTok didn’t crack down sooner.
One person wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “I’m glad TikTok just did that massive shop shut down. I don’t know why people thought they would be able to get away with selling counterfeit products or just calling them dupes.”
“Seeing that dozens of TikTok Shops are getting shut down is hilarious. It’s actually been a long time coming,” said another before questioning how anyone can buy knock offs of luxury items on TikTok for $3 and think they’re genuine.
A third person called the TikTok Shop drama “hilarious” and added: “100s of people’s shops shut down right before Black Friday and all of them confused…did you really think Disney/Nintendo and the others were gonna let you infringe on their IPs forever?”
“Gotta love these dumb dumbs on TikTok complaining about their shops getting shut down. Did these people honestly think they’d be able to get away with creasing unlicensed product of licensed IPs?” someone else tweeted.
TikTok’s guidelines around copyright
TikTok Shop’s US Intellectual Property Policy clearly states that they do not allow any products that infringe copyright on the platform.
“The use of copyrighted content of others without proper authorization or legally valid reason may lead to a violation of TikTok’s policies,” it says.
“We prohibit TikTok Shop users from infringing the intellectual property rights (IPR) of others in connection with TikTok.”
Any product listings that violate another’s copyright can be taken down and the user can be suspended or terminated.
TikTok Shop also reserves the right to report any sellers who engage in copyright infringement to the
relevant legal authorities.