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eBay is at it again

Oh, eBay, you always find new and creative ways to annoy!

Anyways, great post about eBay letting other sellers "share" your auction photos:


Warning: eBay will be using photos without creators' permission.
Via apocalypticbob:

Starting on August 31st, eBay is going to institute a new policy where photos you upload to any listing are put into a "catalog" of online images that any eBay user can then use for their own listings. The default setting for this is opt-in, which is a problem if you, like me, consider your photographs your property and want to control how they are used and by whom. A copyright notice is posted with a link to your user profile, but no additional information is given, and the link is quite small....

If you read the whole thing, it gives very clear directions on how to opt out of this stupidity.

I've been really lazy about reading all of eBay's updates of late, but after reading this, I found out I was opted IN to eBay letting people "share" my auction photos. I changed that. I just think it's criminally misleading to post pictures of stuff you don't own. Even if you post a zillion disclaimers, a lot of people are lazy and don't really read the descriptions.


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Aug. 9th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I don't have an ebay account, but I still find this a terrible idea. They might be trying to make it easier for people who don't own cameras, but if your product has flaws that the one in the photo doesn't, that's (as you pointed out) misleading!
I don't know how they didn't see that, or at least, consider it poignant enough not to go through with that idea...
Aug. 9th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
You don't do eBay? You are a smartie!

And don't even get me started on the whole intellectual property part of this. Blah. Weasels.
Aug. 9th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, freaky. I logged in and found that I was set up as having opted out (i.e. mine was set to NO). When I clicked on "edit", I got taken to a page saying "click on this box to opt out", with the box already checked for me. That... seems really unnecessarily confusing.
Aug. 9th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Some of the folks who replied to Naahmah's post were apparently also already opted out. I think it's at least worth checking, though I guess you gotta be careful not to opt yourself in by mistake! Geez.
Aug. 9th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
Seriously I REALLY can't find this option! I need a visual step by step or soemthing because I honestly can't find it. The sixth option in My Ebay site settings is buyer requirements (in .ca) and Logos and Branding (in .com) :(
Aug. 10th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
They might not be doing it in Canada. A friend in UK said it's not in the preferences there.
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Aug. 10th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
I think they're trying to just see how much stupid they can pile up before they totally bankrupt the company.
Aug. 10th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
Alternatively, just include something in your photo to identify it as yours... ALWAYS. For instance, I've always taken to including a cardboard sign with my Ebay username on it. Helps with credibility, informs people that the item in the picture is THE ITEM they are bidding on, and reduces photo theft.
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