Authentification of Merchandise/Autographs on eBay sign now


This petition has been formed to protest the sale and/or auction of pirated, forged, and otherwise non-authentic Harry Potter merchandise on the auction web sites collectively known as eBay and/or eBay.com.

Currently, eBay relies on the CONSUMER to identify and report counterfeit or pirated merchandise up for sale/auction on the eBay web sites. At the same time, eBay spokesperson Hani Durzi has said it is the responsibility of the COPYRIGHT OWNER to report any listings that violate his/her copyrights.

Under eBays present strategy, eBay is seemingly relieved of any duty to protect the consumer from forgeries, pirated and/or non-authentic merchandise. This cannot and should not be tolerated.

On her web site, author JK Rowling noted that for every (as far as I can tell) genuine signature there are six to ten fakes yet eBay seem[s] unable to control or take preventative steps or accept any responsibility for allowing forged Harry Potter merchandise to be offered for sale. Moreover, Ms. Rowling indicated that she had notified eBay (through her legal representative) that many of the signatures for sale on their site appear to be fake and that items, such as Harry Potter e-books, are 100\% fake. But still the sales of such merchandise continue.

Whereas, many of the consumers/purchasers of these items are believed to be under-age/minor children and are therefore in need of increased consumer protections, we the undersigned Harry Potter fans request that eBay change its policy so as to REQUIRE THE AUTHENTICATION of autographs and/or branded merchandise directly with eBay officials/employees PRIOR to these items being listed for sale. In adopting this or a similar policy will better serve both the integrity of eBay and the consumer.


N.B. This petition was not written in conjunction or consultation with J.K. Rowling. All information regarding eBays policies and Ms. Rowlings position on this matter were quoted from Ms. Rowlings official web site at http://www.jkrowling.com.

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