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Enabling infringement policy

Listings or items that encourage or enable copyright or trademark infringement are not allowed.

We don't allow sellers to use eBay to encourage or enable others to infringe on the intellectual property rights of third parties.

What is the policy?

Hardware, software, items, or information that enables or encourages infringement are not allowed. Examples include:

  • Software or devices designed to circumvent copyright protections
  • Modchips designed to allow video game consoles to play pirated video games
  • Listing branded packaging and suggesting it be used to pass off counterfeit products as authentic
  • Satellite and TV descramblers, modchips, and other devices and software used to unlock, illegally load, or otherwise give free access to paid content are not allowed
  • Services or information about how to gain free access to paid content

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps our members to comply with government regulations and various laws that protect intellectual property rights.

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