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Rules about intellectual property – overview

If you intend to sell on one or more of eBay's international sites, you will need to accept, and we encourage you to carefully review, the User Agreement, policies, and other requirements of that site. You can continue to reach out to the relevant customer service teams on the respective eBay site of your listing or transaction, as may be applicable to the nature of your query.


We're committed to providing a safer place to buy and sell items, as well as protecting intellectual property rights. Using intellectual property, such as copyrighted material and trademarks, in an unlawful way, is considered infringement, which is against the law and eBay policies.

Learn more about using eBay's intellectual property.

Before listing items on eBay, be sure to read and follow our rules below and our guidelines on creating legally compliant listings.

Rules that affect what you can list on eBay


The following items are restricted or prohibited because they may infringe on intellectual property or other proprietary rights of third parties.

Not allowed

The following items aren't allowed on eBay.

Rules that affect how you can list items for sale

Not allowed

 In a listing, eBay members:

Reporting listing violations

It is in eBay's interest to ensure that infringing items are removed from the site, as they erode the trust of our buyers and good sellers.

Here are some of our basic guidelines on what to do:

If you're an intellectual property rights owner

Only intellectual property rights owners can report eBay listings that infringe their copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights. If you are a rights owner, you can learn more about the VeRO program and file a report from the Reporting intellectual property infringements (VeRO) page.

If you're not the rights owner

Even if you're not the rights owner, you can still help by getting in touch with the owner and encouraging them to contact us.

Some rights owners who participate in the VeRO program have created a participant page so you can find out more about their products and legal positions. Though not all VeRO participants have a page, those that do can be found at our VeRO participant pages.

If your listing was removed

If you believe your listing was removed in error, learn more about how eBay protects intellectual property (VeRO).

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