Sale of "free" stuff on eBay

From: Dwight K. Elvey <>
Date: Wed Nov 24 17:11:10 2004

>From: "Michael Nadeau" <>
>> > Subject: Re: Sale of "free" stuff on eBay
>> > The contents on your site are clearly copyrighted, so this guy is out of
>> > bounds. The first step is to ask him to remove the item from eBay. A lot
>> > people don't understand copyright. They assume it applies only to
>> > that is for sale. So, be polite and explain that you own the right to
>> > determine how and where the software is distributed.
>> >
>> > If he does not comply, then I would file a complaint with eBay. Failing
>> > that, a letter from a lawyer is often effective.
>> To what end, this? It's a bit scorched-earth don't you think?
>That's the question that the copyright holder needs to answer. I'm just
>giving the options. In most cases, things are resolved in a friendly manner.

 As a Copyright holder, he needs to defend his copyright or anyone
who took it to court would use this case to show that it was not
being upheld. His letter might be construed as permission to publish.
His wording might have been a little different.
( I'm not a lawyer and this is just personal opinion ).
 With most everything I've sent out, I'm just happy to see people using
it. If I'd expected to have any control, I'd have sold licenses.
Received on Wed Nov 24 2004 - 17:11:10 GMT

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