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From eBay:"Listings that violate eBay's Image and Description theft policy may be removed early.Multiple violations of this policy could result in the suspension of your account.
Unauthorized linking to your photos is not permitted.
We invite you to learn more about copyrights, trademarks and your listing at the following page:
Click here to learn more about the Verified Rights Owner Program:
If you copy someone else's auction text or original photograph, or copy text or photographs from any other place (depending upon how much is copied), you may be infringing someone's copyright. They may be able to request the ending of your auction through our Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Progam. Here are some examples of potentially infringing auctions:
What is a trademark? A trademark is a name or logo used by a company (or person) to identify its goods or services.
If any of this pertains to you contact eBay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Print out this form:
"Put the copyright notice on your photo (© J. Smith 2003). That will prevent anyone from claiming innocent infringement and place this notice in your ad:
From the U.S. Copyright office, Circular 1=."Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,”
Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright.It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright.
You own the copyright on any image as soon as you snap the camera shutter and it is fixed in tangible form, either on film, floppy or flash card. To say that anyone can legally use a copyrighted image (and all the images shown in the ads are copyrighted to the person who took that picture) without paying a usage fee or obtaining permission from the copyright owner is not true."
And more words of wisdom from Jim:
"I really don't like the wording on the eBay guidline - "Creators of web content probably have copyright, trademark and other rights in the material they create." You definitely do have a copyright on your images, the instant you take them. Most people don't realize it, but according to the Copyright Act, as amended in 1978, one owns the copyright on an image the instant that the shutter is snapped i.e. copyright protection exists from the time a work is fixed in a tangible form. This is implied copyright and does not have to be registered to be legally binding.Works published on or after March 1, 1989 are exempt from the notice requirement, (i.e. © 2001 John Doe) though notice is still highly recommended as it puts the world on alert that you are claiming a copyright interest in your work. Also, in the event of an infringement action, an infringer will be precluded from claiming "innocent infringement" thereby entitling the copyright owner to a higher damages award. For works published before March 1, 1989, the use of notice (i.e. © 1988 John Doe) was mandatory. If you published a work without notice it would revert to the public domain. So, not only is it wrong to copy someone else's image, it is illegal. This applies to any pictures you see. They are all copyright protected. (Unless they are prior to 1923)"