eBay users plagiarizing collectors' content...
Michael B. Brutman
mbbrutman at brutman.com
Wed Jun 22 08:59:12 CDT 2005
When it happened to my PCjr web site I contacted eBay, referred them to
the original page, and asked them to kill the auction. eBay had a
specific email address for this type of complaint and they cancelled the
auction within a handful of hours.
Nobody can possibly think that when they go to a personal website and
lift the cover picture and text directly that they are just borrowing
something that is public domain. It does take a lot of time to put that
kind of information together, and I don't want it used for commerical
uses. You can rewrite or link to the content, but I learned it was
wrong to blatantly lift paragraphs back in 3rd grade. ;-0
Another seller asked me first before using the pictures and content. I
declined them, but did encourage them to link to the content so that the
next buyer would have a better idea of what they were buying and how to
get the most out of it.
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