Sunday, December 05, 2004

Ebay Has Its Own DMCA

It seems that eBay has started something called the Verified Rights Owner Program (VeRO). The way this works is that if you sell a brand named item, the manufacturer can have your account cancelled if they choose to do so. Fortunately, most manufacturers either have too much sense, or are too blissfully Internet illiterate to invoke this.

eBay (and their Paypal subsidiary) have gotten so big that the average consumer is facing a steamroller. As long as everything goes well, the services are great. But they have lost the ability to deal with individual cases on their merit.


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