Most brand owners are likely familiar with eBay’s Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) program for requesting de-listings of illegal auction listings and that eBay has a solid track record for removing infringing listings – close to 100%, in fact. What may be lesser known is that many major online marketplaces – including business-to-business changes – also have a decent track record for removing infringing listings.  Based on our own research of the major auction and exchanges sites accounting for roughly 75% of all marketplace traffic (as measured by Alexa), the overall compliance rate of over 170,000 de-listing requests between June and July... Read More
Ebay Wins again! In the latest round of battles against Ebay by companies suffering from counterfeits, a Belgian court found Ebay not liable to L’Oreal for counterfeits sold on its site. At least three cases against Ebay in Europe have been litigated seeking to hold Ebay liable for infringing counterfeits, two which have ruled against Ebay. At issue is the European Directive that protects companies facilitating e-commerce, and how this Directive is interpreted. Interesting- Ebay’s position that it is only a passive provider of Internet “hosting” services persuaded the Belgium court, but not the French or German courts, in recent cases... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More