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Someone's Bootlegging My Shirts

Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:25 am

So, I sold this tee awhile back:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160711311681&ssPageName=ADME:L:EOISSA:US:1123

Now the picture have been copied and are being used here on a bootleg:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jerry-Garcia-T-Shirt-VTG-Style-1982-Tour-Grateful-Dead-/300648692775?pt=US_Mens_Tshirts&var=&hash=item46000efc27

You can clearly see the dude is using the exact same pictures. It's kind of a bummer and I'm not too happy about it. I'm sure it's happened to a few of you before, any advice?

Re: Someone's Bootlegging My Shirts

Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:49 am

Log in to ebay.

Go to seller's listing and on the same line with the "Description" and "Shipping and Payment Tabs", all the way to the right, is a link to "Report Item". Click on that.

When you get to the reporting page, under Report Gategory select "Copyright and trademark".

Under Reason for Report, select "Images or text copied from your listing".

Under Detailed Reason, select copied pictures or text.

You can take it from there ;)

Re: Someone's Bootlegging My Shirts

Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:03 pm

mrs_stout -

check out this thread regarding eBay's response to reported items:

ebay-advice-f18/ebay-report-item-experiment-t718.html

:shock:

Re: Someone's Bootlegging My Shirts

Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:23 pm

I'm not surprised. eBay's enforcement of policy is arbitrary, at best.

Me personally, I'm inclined to send out cease & desist letters, but I wouldn't recommend that course of action unless you know what you're doing and have the steel for it. I don't bluff.

The only way to shut some of these people down is when people file a bunch of paypal claims. Or worse, credit card chargebacks.

Re: Someone's Bootlegging My Shirts

Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:43 pm

I reported it and sent the seller a message.

The only chance I have of them doing something is the fact that the bootlegger is using my pictures and that falls under copyright infringement.
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