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Faces, names, and signatures policy
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Policy overview

Sellers aren't allowed to list an item that has an image (such as a photo), likeness (such as a drawing), name, or signature of another person on it unless the product was made or authorized by that person.

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?



  • A t-shirt with a picture of a movie star on it that was authorized by that person.

Not allowed

Not Allowed

  • A key chain with an unauthorized picture of a rock star on it (even if the seller took the picture at a concert).

  • A scanned copy of an original, signed picture of a baseball player.

  • A mouse pad with an unauthorized picture of a movie star on it.

  • A CD containing pictures of a singer taken from various sources on the Internet. (Even if a seller had permission to download the pictures, the seller probably doesn't have the right to sell them.)

  • An unauthorized t-shirt with the name of a celebrity on it.

Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay requires its members to follow all government laws and regulations. Because the sale of items with the image, likeness, name, or signature of another person on them might be prohibited by law, sellers can't list these items on eBay unless the product was made or authorized by that person. This policy helps to protect buyers from purchasing counterfeit or fraudulent items, protect intellectual property rights owners against infringement, and create a safer place to buy and sell.

Contact Customer Service
You can contact Customer Service to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.
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