Listing Policy: Software, Subscriptions, & Digital Goods

 Software, Subscriptions, & Digital Goods Policy

Digital goods are products (codes) or content that can be downloaded from a website or sent by email.  Digital goods can be precarious and, oftentimes, a breeding ground for fraudulent schemes.  They can infringe on the legal rights of the primary owner and can constitute unexpected liability for consumers.

Fundamentally, we place conditions over the types of digital product that can be sold.  And we have guidelines (below) for all the information required to be incorporated into any digital goods listing and/or product/content.

The protocol for digital goods, software, and subscriptions is to be strictly adhered to.  If a merchant fails to do so, they will be investigated, and if found guilty, they may temporarily lose selling and buying privileges, and quite possibly lose their account altogether.

NOTICE:  When you market digitally delivered goods on MarketStop, you must include a statement of declaration in your listing proving you legally own the content or are authorized to sell it in a public forum.

 Permitted Listings Model

  • Tickets
  • Domain names (see above notice)
  • Software product keys or codes if authorized by owner (see above notice)
  • Online gaming items (points, currency, characters, in-game content, etc.)
  • Magazine subscriptions, book club subscriptions, etc. (NO PORNOGRAPHY!)
  • eTopps trading cards
  • Personal music you composed and own all rights to
  • Digital art you took yourself and own all rights to
  • Photos you took yourself and own all rights to
  • Home movies you created and own all rights to
  • Computer software or games you created and own all rights to
  • An eBook you wrote and own all rights to (see mailing conditions below)

 Conditional Allowances Model

  • When you market digitally delivered goods on MarketStop, you must include a statement of declaration in your listing proving you legally own the content or are authorized to sell it in a public forum
  • You must list digital content in the Computers & Networking category only
  • eBooks must be listed in the Everything Else category and sent via postal mail ONLY!  You must have the following phrase in the description of your listing:
    • “I am authorized to sell this book, but to send it any other way than postal mail is a violation of MarketStop policy.  I will, therefore, be sending it via postal mail after you make your purchase.  Please make sure your mailing address is correct.  Thank you.”

 Prohibited Listings Model

  • Compilation items (temporary)
  • Malicious content that can damage a computer in any way
  • Content that violates personal privacy
  • Content that can deliver spam or viruses
  • Digital goods without authorization
  • Sexually-based adult content or pornographic materials
  • No local pickup
  • Music that you do not own the rights to
  • Movies that you do not own the rights to
  • eBooks you do not own the copyright to
  • Video games you do not own the rights to
  • Copied or pirated video games
  • Copied or pirated movies
  • Copied or pirated music

 

Periodicals Policy

 Permitted Listings Model

  • Single copies of back issues of non-pornographic magazines, newspapers, or other publications

 Prohibited Listings Model

  • Physical and/or digital subscriptions to any software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Turbo Tax, Quickbooks, etc.), magazine, newspaper, or other publication unless authorized to do so

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What is the reason for this MarketStop policy?

Digital goods are a large part of our world these days, and policies and protocols must be put into place to help create a safer environment for consumers and merchants by prohibiting people from utilizing the MarketStop MarketPlace in a way that could infringe on intellectual property rights of others and violation of various laws.  These policies and protocols also help to protect consumers from purchasing unauthorized or pirated items by raising awareness.

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