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Celebrity material policy

Policy overview

"Celebrity material" means things like videos or images of celebrities. Selling celebrity material may involve both intellectual property rights (like copyrights) and rights of publicity (the right to control commercial use of your image). Sellers need to make sure that their listings and products comply with third-party copyrights and rights of publicity.

In addition, you can't list Digital Media including but not limited to CDs, DVDs, VCDs (video CDs), Blue-Rays, Flash drives, or screen saver programs that contain any images, still photographs, or videos of celebrities or models.

Make sure your listing or product 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?

Allowed

  • An authorized movie about a celebrity that you purchased at a video store

  • A poster with a picture of a rock star on it that you purchased from that rock star's official website

Not allowed

  • A CD that contains 100 images of celebrities that you downloaded off of the Internet

  • A VCD of different video clips and still photographs of a supermodel that you recorded from television

eBay has this policy because it's illegal to sell unauthorized copies of media, including images and videos. Also, it might violate a person's right of publicity to collect and sell images or videos of that person. When you use unauthorized images and videos of a person in a listing or product, you're breaking the law and infringing the intellectual property rights of a company or individual.

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