Listing authorized celebrity material, such as official merchandise, is allowed on eBay. However, unauthorized images or videos can infringe on a celebrity's intellectual property and publicity rights, and as such, can't be sold on our site.
Read our full policy to make sure your listings comply with our guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sell a biography movie about a celebrity?
Yes, as long as it's an authorized movie, and it was sold from an authorized source.
Can I sell a movie I created myself about a famous band?
No, because you're infringing on intellectual property rights, as well as rights of publicity, which is the right of the celebrity to control commercial use of their image.
Celebrity material policy overview
"Celebrity material" means things like videos or images of celebrities. Selling celebrity material may involve both intellectual property rights (like copyrights) and rights of publicity (the right to control commercial use of your image). Sellers need to make sure that their listings comply with third-party copyrights and rights of publicity.
In addition, you can't list Digital Media including but not limited to Blu-Ray, CDs, DVDs, VCDs (Video CDs), Flash Drives, or screen saver programs, or any similar format that contain any images, still photographs, or videos of celebrities or models.
Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it 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?Allowed
- An authorized movie about a celebrity that you purchased at a video store
- A poster with a picture of a rock star on it that you purchased from that rock star's official website
- A CD that contains 100 images of celebrities that you downloaded from the internet
- A VCD of different video clips and still photographs of a supermodel that you recorded from television
Why does eBay have this policy?
eBay has this policy because it's illegal to sell unauthorized copies of media, including images and videos. Also, it might violate a person's right of publicity to collect and sell images or videos of that person. When you list unauthorized images and videos of a person, you're breaking the law and infringing the intellectual property rights of a company or individual.