FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Why was my auction removed?
A. Your auction was removed because we consider the item that you were selling an unauthorized copy of a program from the Annenberg Media Collection. The unauthorized duplication of these programs is an infringement of Annenberg Media's rights under the United States Copyright Act. Those found guilty of willful infringement could be liable for statutory damages as high as $100,000.
Q. Why hasn't Annenberg Media removed all auctions selling infringing products?
A. Not all Annenberg Media products sold on ebay are infringing or unauthorized. It is legal to re-sell the single authorized videocassette or DVD series that you purchased, as long as it is listed as previously viewed or used (unless unopened). But, you cannot make copies of authorized videocassettes or DVDs and sell them. Put simply- Videos you purchase may be resold. Copies you make may not.
Although Annenberg Media vigorously enforces its intellectual property rights and makes every effort to police the marketplace, some infringing items may be missed. All sellers of infringing items that Annenberg Media is aware of or becomes aware of are put on notice of Annenberg Media's intellectual property rights and pursued if they do not stop infringing.
Q: What if I didn't realize I was violating the law or infringing Annenberg Media's rights?
A: Innocent intent is not a defense under Federal copyright law. You have a responsibility to ensure that your actions do not violate someone else's copyrights. As an eBay seller, it is your responsibility to ensure that the item you are attempting to sell is legitimate and authorized.
Q: I purchased the item legitimately, why can�t I re-sell it?
A: Infringing products may at times be offered for sale, and innocent purchasers may unknowingly buy infringing products. Nevertheless, the existence and sale of such products is still considered infringement. You can spot many unauthorized items from their packaging. Annenberg Media videos and DVDs are not sold in plain or black and white video wrappers.