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Enabling infringement policy

Listings or items that encourage or enable copyright or trademark infringement are not allowed.

We don't allow sellers to use eBay to encourage or enable others to infringe on the intellectual property rights of third parties.

What is the policy?

Hardware, software, items, or information that enables or encourages infringement are not allowed. Examples include:

  • Software or devices designed to circumvent copyright protections
  • Modchips designed to allow video game consoles to play pirated video games
  • Listing branded packaging and suggesting it be used to pass off counterfeit products as authentic
  • Satellite and TV descramblers, modchips, and other devices and software used to unlock, illegally load, or otherwise give free access to paid content are not allowed
  • Services or information about how to gain free access to paid content

Activity on eBay is required to:

  • Follow all applicable laws
  • Respect the rights of third parties
  • Follow the eBay User Agreement
  • Follow this eBay policy

If activity doesn’t meet these requirements, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: administratively ending listings or canceling transactions, hiding or lowering the placement of listings in search results, lowering seller rating, restricting buying or selling, forfeiture of fees, loss of buyer or seller protections, restricting access to member communication and rating tools, removing feedback, and account suspension.

Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps our members to comply with government regulations and various laws that protect intellectual property rights.

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