The UK high court sided with eBay in a suit brought by L’Oreal. The cosmetics company tried to hold eBay liable for damages for the sales of counterfeit L’Oreal products. eBay has won similar cases in Belgium and France. The implications for authors is that pirated works will continue to be sold and its up to the authors to use the tools that eBay provides to get those auctions removed.
The downside for eBay is that if it doesn’t rigorously police its offerings, people might begin to lose confidence in the products sold.