Lawyers gone wild

According to some, photographing a product that you are selling on eBay is copyright infringement.

Er… no it isn’t.

I don’t know who their lawyers are, but they don’t seem to understand the difference between copyright and trademark… and photographing a product that you own for the purpose of selling it is an infringement of neither, unless you are trying to misrepresent either yourself or the product.

Sigh… how many times do I need to say it

  • Copyrights protect works of art (creative works)
  • Patents protect inventions (NOT ideas!)
  • Trademarks protect reputations (i.e., “brands”)

None of them apply to the secondary market, and none of them apply here.

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