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Public domain media policy

Policy overview

Before you sell any media, such as music, movies, or photos, you're responsible for finding out if the media you're planning to sell contains content that's protected by copyright. If it is, be sure to 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 Canadian Intellectual Property Office website.

You can describe the content offered in your eBay listing or product as having entered the public domain as long as you meet both of these requirements:

  • You've checked to make sure the content is in fact in the public domain, and

  • Your listing includes both of the following details:

    - The date (day, month, and year) the media was first created or released

    - The date (day, month, and year) it became part of the public domain

However, we don't allow sellers to describe content as having entered into the public domain if the content was created or released in 1972 or later.

Make sure your listings and products follow these guidelines. If they don't, they 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.

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

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