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eBay conduct regarding homebrew games
« on: November 12, 2014, 14:15:14 PM »
We got the information from ebay, that it is not allowed to use the wording "homebrew" in our offers as this is automatically an invitation to use unlicensed software. this is not supported by eBay so they block any offers.

It seems the homebrew scene is automatically guilty for copyright and license violations according to that statement - a fact I personally do not understand but is obvious if you visit special websites supporting those violations in trademark and copyright without any notice.

As game vendors pays to be allowed to offer legal games on specific platforms (like PS3/PS4, XBOX etc.) it make sense to block those offers allowing to bypass the protection system. But to block offers only containing links or praise the scene for homebrew titles is not ok because these talented guys also offers game for system which do not deal with licensing of the protection system nor does all systems contain one to lockout developers. On the WII there is a homebrew scene which is allowed to offer games online for example. So what happens if I offer a WII with the text "supported by homebrew titles"?

Finally eBay is not right to assign homebrew programmer automatically to the gray market scene and associate them with mod-chips and copyright/trademark violations.
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Re: eBay conduct regarding homebrew games
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2014, 18:21:51 PM »
Thats up to eBay i guess, its not lawful for them to do that but its there company and if they want to tarnish all homebrewers as copyright thieves thats up to them but i am sure those guys would not be happy.
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Re: eBay conduct regarding homebrew games
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2014, 22:35:36 PM »
sure. After removing the ads for homebrews the auctions are online again.
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Re: eBay conduct regarding homebrew games
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2014, 08:43:32 AM »
I thought eBay have always been against ads for things outside of the auctions anyway?

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Re: eBay conduct regarding homebrew games
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2014, 09:46:29 AM »
well it was more a sentence like "... Atari consoles are still beloved by homebrew programmers offering steady new titles and supporting the platform beyond it's lifetime...".
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Re: eBay conduct regarding homebrew games
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2014, 10:51:40 AM »
Sounds like it's just the keyword spiders picking things up.

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Re: eBay conduct regarding homebrew games
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2014, 13:24:32 PM »
not really because it was not a problem in the past using the word "homebrew".
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Re: eBay conduct regarding homebrew games
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2014, 14:11:55 PM »
For what its worth I never have an issue finding brewing items for my homebrew of a more alcoholic variety lol