Trade Association Considers Suing eBay

Ainsley Jones

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is considering taking legal action against online auctioneer eBay. The trade association is also contemplating leading a lobby to Congress for a rewrite of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would make online auctioneers like eBay liable for goods sold on their sites, reports


SIIA has been targeting individuals pirates on the site, but is now turning its attention to eBay itself. The trade association could have its work cut out for it.


eBay was recently victorious in a case filed by Tiffany & Co. The jewelry company alleged that many items on listed on the site as original Tiffany items were knockoffs and that eBay wasn't doing anything about it. A federal judge ruled that it was up to the jeweler to defend its brand, not eBay.

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