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Bootleg Recordings


Bootleg recordings are unauthorized recordings of concerts or live performances. Sellers are not permitted to list bootleg recordings on eBay.

Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation

  • Limits on account privileges

  • Account suspension

  • Forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings

  • Loss of PowerSeller status

Brian purchased a bootleg copy of Bob Dylan’s 1979 concert in Philadelphia from a street vendor the last time he was in Montreal. Brian is not permitted to sell this bootleg on eBay. Doing so is a violation of eBay policy and of the law.

When cleaning out her attic, Grace found several bootleg recordings her mother had made while traveling around the world with the Grateful Dead. Grace is not permitted to sell these bootleg recordings on eBay. Doing so is a violation of eBay policy and of the law.

Bands, performers, writers and publishers usually own the copyright to live performances, and thus have the right to determine when and how performances can be reproduced. Unless a copyright owner has authorized the reproduction of a concert or performance, making a copy of such concert or performance, in any form whatsoever, is considered an unauthorized or “bootleg” copy. Selling unauthorized copies is both against the law and against eBay policy.

eBay urges sellers and buyers to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Since the sale of unauthorized recordings is prohibited by law, regulated, or may cause harm to the owner of the rights, to eBay or its members, sellers may not list these items on eBay. This policy helps protect buyers from purchasing illegal merchandise, helps protect intellectual property rights owners against infringement and helps create a safer marketplace.

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