Rules about intellectual property – overview
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.
If you'd like to learn more about the laws and regulations protecting intellectual property, see the U.S. Copyright Office website and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website. All buyers and sellers on eBay need to make sure they're following all applicable laws and regulations.
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.
The following items aren't allowed on eBay.
Rules that affect how you can list items for sale
eBay VeRO Program: Reporting listing violations
We created the Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program so intellectual property owners could report listings that infringe their intellectual property rights. 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: