Ebay has just mailed me their reply to my claim about the stolen photos. I don't understand everything, but it seems to be a little bit complicated to cope with all what they are suggesting in order to avoid copyright violation...
This is their (long) reply, which in any case looks very standard to me. Pls read it if you've time and let me know your opinion:
Thank you for contacting us today regarding the unauthorized sale of
your images over eBay. We developed our VeRO program to address
situations like yours.
As you know, eBay does not buy or sell any items; we act only as a venue
that enables others to do so. As such, we neither see nor inspect any
items that are offered for sale on the site. However, recognizing that
some posted items may infringe certain intellectual property rights, we
have set up specific procedures which enable verified rights owners to
identify and request removal of allegedly infringing listings. These
procedures are intended to substantially comply with the requirements of
the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. section 512. Click on
the following link to access the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
We encourage you to join our VeRO Program so you can immediately take
advantage of its benefits, which include:
Direct access to an identified customer support group dedicated to
servicing the requests of VeRO Program participants;
Ability to report listings in which your intellectual property or other
proprietary materials are offered, reproduced, or otherwise used in a
manner that violates or threatens to violate your rights, and to have
such listings terminated;
Dedicated priority email queues for reporting alleged infringements;
Ability to create an eBay "About Me" page containing information about
your infringement policies, which will be linked to Listing Removal
notices we send at your request;
Ability to use our Favorite Searches feature to conduct automatic
searches for potentially infringing items, click the following link to
go to our Favorite Searches tool.
Ability to obtain (through your eBay membership) detailed contact
information on file with eBay pertaining to sellers and bidders involved
with listings which are removed at your request.
We expect the list of benefits to grow in the future, and we will keep
you apprised of any enhancements to the Program.
You automatically become a member of our VeRO program when we receive
from you a completed Notice of Infringement form. For your convenience,
you can download a copy of our notice of infringement form by clicking
the following link
(If you are unable to download a PDF file, please click on the
to view and print a copy of our Notice of Infringement). Please sign
and send it back to us by fax at (408) 558-7468. For future notices,
you will be able to communicate with us by email to an address we will
give you when we receive your first (hard copy) notice.
Remember, time is of the essence because items are listed a limited
duration. Once we have received your Notice of Infringement in proper
form, we can remove the referenced listing(s). Be sure to identify the
specific listings by number; the user's screen name or user I.D. is not
We look forward to receiving from you a completed VeRO Program Notice of
Infringement and working with you in the future.
If you have questions, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank your for your business. We appreciate your presence in the
eBay Community Watch Team