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eBay—America’s Black Market

You can sell your counterfeit goods on eBay in the United States, but not in France.

This is the upshot of court rulings in France, Germany, and the U.S.

Courts in Germany and France have ruled that eBay must make strong efforts to be sure that when a Tiffany or Rolex product is sold on eBay, it is the real thing. A court in the United States ruled the opposite.

It is luxury brands that are in the fight with eBay in Europe, but eBay has been the middleman in more downmarket theft as well.

Here is an article about widespread theft rings brought on by online auction services.  

eBay knows people are selling knock-off goods and stolen goods.

Here is an an article from The Financial Times that suggests a middle course as a solution to to disputes between eBay and trademark holders.

Only strong regulation by government can make eBay a reputable business.

July 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment