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Public domain media policy

Policy overview

Before you sell any media such as music, movies, literature, or photos, you're responsible for finding out if the media you're planning to sell is protected by a copyright. If it is, follow the guidelines in our copyright basics policy.

Any media that are no longer protected by copyright are sometimes described as having entered the public domain. To find out more about public domain media, see the U.S. Copyright Office website.

If you describe the content offered in your eBay listing as having entered the public domain, make sure you meet both of these requirements:

  • You've confirmed that the content is in fact in the public domain.

  • For compilations ebooks and audio books, you list all titles included in the listing.

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.

If you see listings that offer unauthorized copies of media, please report it to us.

Why does eBay have this policy?

Selling copyrighted items without authorization from the owner, its agent, or the law is illegal and violates our policies. Our goal is to help protect buyers from purchasing unauthorized, copyrighted items, as well as to protect the intellectual property of the rights holders. If you're not sure about the legality of your item, don't sell it on eBay. Be sure to follow all laws and regulations before listing your items.

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