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Bootleg recordings policy

Bands, performers, writers, and publishers usually own the copyright to their original material.

Unauthorized recordings of live performances, or bootleg recordings, are not allowed on eBay.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What's a bootleg recording?

Bootleg recordings are unauthorized recordings of concerts or live performances.

Am I allowed to sell a recording I made of an event?

Unless the reproduction of a performance is authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law, it's considered a bootleg copy and can't be sold on eBay.

If you're not sure whether your item falls into the bootleg category, our guidelines below offer more information.

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Bootleg recordings policy overview

Bootleg recordings are unauthorized recordings of concerts or live performances. We don't allow listings or products for bootleg recordings on eBay.

Bands, performers, writers, and publishers usually own the copyright to live performances, so they have the right to determine when and how performances can be reproduced. Unless the reproduction of a concert or performance is authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law, it's considered an unauthorized or "bootleg" copy. Selling unauthorized copies is against the law and not allowed on eBay.

Make sure your listings and products follow these guidelines. If they don't, they may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Not allowed Not allowed

Bootleg recordings are not allowed on eBay. Here are some examples:

  • An audience recording of Bob Dylan's 1979 concert in Philadelphia that was purchased from a street vendor who was not authorized to make this recording by Bob Dylan, his agent, or the law
  • Bootleg recordings made while traveling around the world with the Grateful Dead.

For more information, see the Digital Millennium Copyright Act - opens in new window or tab.

 

Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay urges its sellers and buyers to comply with all governmental laws and regulations. It's illegal to sell bootleg recordings. This is why we don't allow these items on eBay. This policy also helps protect buyers from purchasing illegal merchandise and helps intellectual property rights owners protect their rights.

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