eBay is co-opting seller photographs for its own catalog. Sellers could previously opt-out of the policy, but as part of its Summer Seller Update, eBay granted itself permission to use any and all images in seller listings.
What if I don't want to or can't legally share my images?
If you don't want to share permission to use any of your images or information, you should remove them from your listings before July 2017 and replace with different images.
An Australian site called Power Retail
said sellers there object, calling it a "grab for sellers' intellectual property." It wrote, "The key concern for sellers is that their original product images featured on eBay will automatically be included in the eBay product catalogue, "thereby making them freely available to competitors.""
Continuing to enhance the eBay catalog
To help provide a consistent buying experience and enable a faster and more accurate listing process, eBay uses images provided by our sellers in our catalog. By August 2017, sellers will no longer be able to opt out of this program, and all photos in listings created, relisted, or renewed will be considered for possible inclusion in the catalog.
Sellers in the US also objected, such as one who explained
their photos took time and talent to take and provided them with a competitive advantage. When "unscrupulous or lazy sellers" used the seller's photos, they had been able to get eBay to remove them since they were protected under copyright law.
"Now eBay is forcing me to let my competitors "use" my photographs to sell their items, which puts me at a competitive disadvantage since these sellers, aka, my competition, do not have to factor in the cost it takes to set up, take, and format the photograph in their listing price."
What do you think of the new policy - and have you made any changes as a result?