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Rules about Intellectual Property – Overview

eBay is committed to protecting the intellectual property rights of third parties and to providing its users with a safe place to trade. Infringement is the unauthorised use of other people’s intellectual property, like copyrighted material and trademarks.

Rules that affect what you can sell on eBay

The following items are restricted or prohibited because they would potentially infringe on intellectual property rights.

Rules that affect how you list items for sale

In an item listing, eBay members cannot:

eBay’s VeRo Programme – Reporting Listing Violations

eBay created the Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Programme so that intellectual property owners could easily report listings that infringe their rights. It is in eBay’s interest to ensure that infringing items are removed from the site, as they erode buyer and good seller trust.

  • If you are a Verified Rights Owner and want to report a listing issue, see Reporting Intellectual Property Infringements.

    Note: Only the intellectual property rights owner can report potentially infringing items or listings through eBay's VeRO Programme. If you are not the intellectual property rights owner, you can still help by getting in touch with the rights owner and encouraging them to contact us.

  • If your listing was removed through VeRO, and you believe that your listing was removed in error, see How eBay Protects Intellectual Property (VeRO).

To learn how to avoid having your listings removed because they infringe on third party intellectual property take eBay's intellectual property policies tutorial.

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