eBay being sued over patent infringement

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Date: Thu Apr 24 22:09:00 2003


It's very professional looking. My compliments.

At 05:55 PM 4/24/03 -0700, you wrote:
>it's sci-fi, Fantasy ,Ren/Mediaeval and goth stuff
>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 - 22:09:00 BST

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