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Prohibit Items Policy

Some items present legal risks. Others are inconsistent with our values, are harmful to our members, or simply are not in the spirit of KoopoOnline. This policy explains what items are prohibited or restricted from being sold on KoopoOnline.

This policy is a part of our Terms of Use Agreement. By registering for and using the services on KoopoOnline, you agree to be bound by all terms and conditions of this policy, our Terms of Use Agreement and all other policies and guidelines of KoopoOnline, herein incorporated by reference.

The following types of items are prohibited or restricted on Koopo Online:

Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, and Medical Drugs
Animal Products and Human Remains
Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled Items, and Weapons
Hate Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Hatred
Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity, and Highly Regulated Items
Internationally Regulated Items
Pornography and Mature Content
Violent Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Violence

Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, And Medical Drugs

Alcohol (except those sellers who are pre-approved to sell wine) and drugs are prohibited on Koopo Online. These substances face serious legal restrictions and in many cases are considered controlled substances under applicable law. The following are examples of items that may not be sold on KoopoOnline:

Alcohol (except wine sold by pre-approved sellers)

Any and all Drugs and certain herbal substances which are prohibited by law, including substances used for recreational and medicinal purposes, regardless of their legality.

 

Drug Paraphernalia such as: Butane Honey Oil “BHO” extractors and kits, Bongs and all related accessories, Dab kits, Pipes made from metal, most woods, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic, “Rose in a Glass” pipes and similar products, Vaporizers and all related accessories, Wired cigarette papers, Nitrous Oxide Crackers, Drug purity testing kits

 

Medical drugs and pharmaceuticals (drugs approved for over-the-counter purchases that are not otherwise prohibited by Koopo Online policies and are appropriately described and labeled are permitted).

Restrictions on descriptions of purported health benefits:

A medical drug claim is any element of a listing or shop that suggests an item prevents, heals, or treats a medical condition or disease. Medical drug claims are subject to varying degrees of regulation. If you make claims about the purported health benefits of an item for sale on Koopo Online, we urge you to speak with a qualified expert about which regulations apply to you. It is your responsibility to know and comply with all laws and regulations that apply to the items you sell.

Koopo Online may remove claims that we deem to be inappropriate, excessive, or otherwise unsuitable for our site. If Koopo Online receives proper notice from a legal authority, we may remove an item.

For more information please check out these external resources: Small Business Assistance from the Federal Drug Administration; U.S. FDA and FTC for information about medical drug claims; US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Animal Products & Human Remains

Certain animal products where there is risk of harm to live, companion, or endangered animals.  This includes:

  1. Live animals.
  2. Items created using any animal species designated as threatened or endangered by the US Endangered Species Actor listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
  3. Items made from cat and dog parts or pelts as defined by US Federal Law.
  4. Ivory or bones from ivory-producing animals, including tusks, elk ivory, fossilized ivory, and wooly mammoth ivory.
  5. Items made from human remains, except for teeth and hair.
For more information please check out these external resources resources: Endangered Species ActProhibition on Importation of Dog and Cat Fur Products.  We expect all of our members to follow their local laws. If you are shipping items across international borders you should also consult CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) for specific information about importing and exporting items that may be threatened due to the nature of this trade. If you sell products containing feathers, you should also consult the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled items and Weapons

For safety reasons and due to complex legal regulations surrounding certain items, sellers are prohibited from selling items that could be considered dangerous.

Hazardous Materials

Due to the potential harm caused by hazardous materials, as well as the complexities of legal regulations surrounding such materials, including shipping restrictions, hazardous materials are prohibited on KoopoOnline.  This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Explosives (fireworks or sparklers)
  2. Flammable items
  3. Gases
  4. Radioactive material
  5. Toxic substances (such as poisons)

Recalled Items or Items that Present Unreasonable Risk of Harm

 

Items that have been recalled by governments or manufacturers are prohibited from being sold on KoopoOnline.  Items that present an unreasonable risk of harm are prohibited, even if they have not been the subject of a recall.

 

WEAPONS

Weapons are prohibited from being sold old KoopoOnline, except those permitted as detailed in our Weapons and Imitation Weapon Policy.

Resources: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ExplosivesFMCSA’s Guide to Complying with Federal Hazardous Materials RegulationsUS Federal Government’s Guide to Recalled ItemsUS Code of Federal Regulations on Imitation FirearmsUS Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)KoopoOnline CPSIA TeamAustralian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Product SafetyEuropean Commission’s Consumer SafetyUS Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Resellers Guide to Selling Safer Products

Offensive Products

Offensive products are prohibited.  At our sole discretion, KoopoOnline reserves the right to determine the appropriateness  of  any products listed on the site and remove any listing at any time we deem inappropriate.

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KoopoOnline does not allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred toward people or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation (collectively, “protected groups”) or items or content that promote organizations or people with such views.

The following items are not allowed on KoopoOnline:

  1. Items that support or commemorate current or historical hate groups, including propaganda or collectibles. Examples of hate groups include Nazi or Neo-Nazi groups, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups, white supremacist groups, misogynist groups, or groups that advocate hate and/or violence towards any group.

Permitted Examples:

Items that have educational, historical, or artistic value.

Resources: Federal Bureau of Investigation’s webpage on Hate Crimes

Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity & Highly Regulated Items

Any and all illegal activity is prohibited on KoopoOnline.

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Illegal items and items that promote illegal activity, including counterfeit or stolen items, are generally not allowed on KoopoOnline. Neither are certain items that are subject to complex legal regulations or registration systems. Because KoopoOnline is a global company, it’s important to abide by the laws of the markets in which you are selling. What is legal in one country may be illegal in another. All forms of illegal activity are strictly prohibited. In addition, listings may not facilitate or promote illegal acts through images or descriptions.

Additionally, due to complex legal restrictions that vary by location, KoopoOnline does not permit the sale of real estate or motor vehicles (for example: automobiles, motorcycles, boats, travel trailers, etc.).

We require sellers to follow all applicable laws for the items they list. Examples of items which may be subject to regulation include Native American craftsplants and seeds, and food products.

Internationally Regulated Products

Our marketplace provides a direct connection between buyers and sellers around the world. If you buy or sell an item from another country, or if you enter into a transaction with someone across international borders, you are responsible for complying with international trade restrictions, including restrictions put into place by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), regardless of your location.

More Details:

In the United States, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) at the US Department of the Treasury administers various economic and trade sanctions. These programs prohibit dealing with certain designated persons and targeted countries. We require that all members who buy and sell on our platform comply with OFAC restrictions, even if they live outside the United States. For example, this includes restrictions on:

  1. Transactions involving certain geographic areas, such as Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria, or involving any individual or organization located in those places
  2. Transactions involving any item of Cuban, North Korean, or Sudanese origin
  3. Transactions involving Cuban nationals
  4. Any transaction or dealing with an individual or entity specifically identified by OFAC, notably those listed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) List or Foreign Sanctions Evaders (“FSE”) List

KoopoOnline’s policies prohibit our members worldwide from engaging in any transaction that would violate OFAC sanctions. While we attempt to protect our members from unwittingly violating these laws by preventing certain prohibited transactions, it is up to each seller and buyer to be familiar with—and compliant with—OFAC regulations.

KoopoOnline members can consult the OFAC website for complete information about the various sanctions programs administered by the US Department of the Treasury: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Pages/default.aspx

In addition, KoopoOnline members should be aware that other countries may have their own set of trade restrictions, and that certain items may not be allowed for export or import under foreign laws. You should consult the laws of any foreign jurisdiction when contemplating a transaction involving the shipment of goods overseas.

Finally, KoopoOnline members should be aware that third-party payment processors, such as PayPal, may independently monitor transactions for sanctions compliance and may block some transactions as part of their own compliance programs. KoopoOnline has no authority or control over the independent decision-making of these providers.

Resources: US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions

Pornagraphy & Mature Content

As a creative community, we tend to be fairly liberal about what we allow on KoopoOnline, but we draw the line at pornography. Beyond that, we restrict mature content so that people who are offended by this kind of material don’t have to see it. If you are selling mature content, we ask that you understand that there are differing sensibilities around the world and that you try to be respectful.

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Pornography of any sort is prohibited on KoopoOnline, whereas mature content is restricted.

Although pornography can be difficult to define, an item generally qualifies as pornography when it is a particularly extreme or explicit version of mature content.

We define mature content as depictions of male or female genitalia, sexual activity or content, profane language, violent images (within reason; see also Violent Items), and explicit types or representations of taxidermy.

Mature content must be properly listed and tagged as such. Not all nudity is considered mature, and examples of non-mature nudity are listed below. If you find yourself questioning whether your item is mature, then it is likely a good idea to assume that it is mature content, and you should label it as such.

When deciding whether mature content crosses over the threshold into pornography, we take into consideration how realistically mature image or images are portrayed, and the explicitness of depictions of sexual activity or content.

Violent Items: Items That Promote, Support or Glorify Violence

We want KoopoOnline to be a safe place for everyone. While violent content can be a legitimate part of historical, educational, or artistic expression, it should never be used to promote or glorify violent acts against others.

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We do not allow Items or listings that promote, support or glorify acts of violence or harm towards self or others, including credible threats of harm or violence towards self or others.

The following items are not allowed on KoopoOnline:

  1. Items that glorify human suffering or tragedies, including items that commemorate or honor serial killers
  2. Items that attempt to exploit natural disasters or human tragedies
  3. Items that encourage, glorify, or celebrate acts of violence against individuals or groups
  4. Items that encourage self-mutilation, starvation, or other self-harm

We hope these guidelines are helpful, but we cannot catalog every permitted or prohibited item. We reserve the right to remove listings that we determine are not within the spirit of KoopoOnline. Such listings will be removed from the site, and the member’s selling privileges may be suspended and/or terminated.

If you see something on KoopoOnline that appears to violate these rules, you can report it to us. At the bottom of a listing page, you can click Report this item to KoopoOnline. To report copyright or intellectual property infringement, please follow the instructions in KoopoOnline’s Intellectual Property Policy.

For all other reports, or for any questions, please contact KoopoOnline Support.

Reading Materials:

In crafting these policies, we found a number of thoughtful essays and articles. Here are a few that we found illuminating:

Sexism, Racism and Other -isms in Library Materials (1973), http://ethics.iit.edu/ecodes/node/3748

“It is inevitable in the give and take of the democratic process that the political, the moral, or the aesthetic concepts of an individual or group will occasionally collide with those of another individual or group. In a free society each individual is free to determine for himself what he wishes to read, and each group is free to determine what it will recommend to its freely associated members. But no group has the right to take the law into its own hands, and to impose its own concept of politics or morality upon other members of a democratic society. Freedom is no freedom if it is accorded only to the accepted and the inoffensive …. We realize that application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.”

How the world loved the swastika – until Hitler stole it, BBC News Magazine, October 22, 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29644591
Should Blacks Collect Racist Memorabilia? The Root, June 2013 http://www.theroot.com/articles/history/2013/06/should_blacks_collect_racist_memorabilia.html
The Native American Mascot: Tribute or Stereotype? Psychology Today, May 21, 2012 https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-small-talk/201205/the-native-american-mascot-tribute-or-stereotype
Keeping Kids From Toy Guns: How One Mother Changed Her Mind, The Atlantic, Aug. 9, 2013 http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/08/keeping-kids-from-toy-guns-how-one-mother-changed-her-mind/278518/
Toy Guns: Do They Lead to Real-Life Violence? WebMd, December 1, 2011 http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/toy-guns-do-they-lead-real-life-violence
Why Gun Play Is Still OK, The Huffington Post, September 29, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-shumaker/gun-play_b_1720962.html
Art And Violence, The Huffington Post, September 18, 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-buruma/art-and-violence_b_5837648.html
When the master of peace did violence, The Guardian, October 25, 2003 http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2003/oct/25/1