eBay being sued over patent infringement

From: Geoff Reed <geoffr_at_zipcon.net>
Date: Thu Apr 24 19:51:41 2003


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At 06:51 PM 4/24/03 -0400, you wrote:
> > For small auction site operators like my wife
>So tell us how to find your wife's site, and perhaps some among us
>might check it out.
>At 02:08 PM 4/24/03 -0700, you wrote:
>>At 09:56 PM 4/23/03 -0500, you wrote:
>>>On Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at 08:40 PM, Mail List wrote:
>>>>That's right here in the next town over. If it's an open courtroom I could
>>>>go over there and check it out.
>>>>I don't know about eBay and patent infringement, but I think eBay
>>>>has a monopoly on the online auction market for private individuals
>>>>which might warrant anti-trust action. I don't think a private individual
>>> The fact that an entity may be the only viable player on a given
>>> field doesn't "warrant anti-trust action." If eBay is actively doing
>>> anything to hinder their competition, other than doing what they do
>>> VERY well, and marketing it well, *that* might warrant action.
>>They are, the state of Illinois? has a new law that was pushed through
>>with the help of ebay requiring the operators of any Internet auction
>>site to register with that state "if any potential sellers or buyers
>>reside within the state" at a fee of $200. of course you also have to
>>find an auctioneer to "sponsor" you and you have to take state approved
>>courses to maintain the registration (auction calling, and the like)
>>:( the state is getting ready to start filing civil lawsuits seeking
>>damages of up to $10,000 and the shutting down of the offending sites if
>>you don't comply.
>> For small auction site operators like my wife (she hasn't made any $
>> from the thing yet and it's been running for > 6 months) that state's
>> requirements are onerous.
Received on Thu Apr 24 2003 - 19:51:41 BST

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