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As someone who has used EBay to buy screen memorabilia, I say let 'em in,
as long as they don't flood your/our mailboxes. This should be made
explicit to them (or you can filter them out). But, yes, I would'nt prevent
moderate, appropriate commercial presences on the list. However, if they
can make money from this list, why can't the list take a cut, as many other
sites do? See how EBay feels about that.....


At 07:30 AM 7/13/99 -0700, Jeremy Butler wrote:
>The moderators at Screen-L recently received a post advertising an
>auction on eBay for some film scripts.  This raises an interesting
>policy issue for something we couldn't have foreseen when we began
>Screen-L in 1991:
>
>Should advertisements for Web auctions of film/TV-related materials be
>permitted?
>
>On the one hand, Screen-L has always permitted postings from
>commercial entities.  E.g., film/TV publishers/distributors/magazines
>who wish to announce new materials are allowed.  So, there is some
>precedence for advertisements on Screen-L.
>
>Moreover, an auction site such as eBay can be a good source for
>off-brand film/video equipment (e.g., super-8 projectors) and film/TV
>memorabilia--which can be useful in the teaching/research of film/TV.
>If a Screen-L subscriber posts a search for such material, would there
>be anything wrong in someone saying, "Oh yeah, you can find it on
>eBay--auction #xxxxxx"?
>
>On the other hand, auction sites can encourage naked opportunism,
>commercialism, and consumerism.  Is this something Screen-L should
>tacitly endorse?
>
>And should we distribute and thereby promote, e.g., someone selling a
>pristine one-sheet of WILD WILD WEST (which is truly a colossal
>stinker of a film, incidentally).
>
>As moderators of Screen-L we firmly believe that LESS moderating is
>BETTER moderating and we tend to err on the side of leniency, but we
>are guided by the wishes of the Screen-L membership.  (The poster of
>the eBay ad was not a Screen-L subscriber, by the way.)
>
>So.  Your thoughts on Screen-L distributing Web auction notices?
>
>Feel free to post your opinion to [log in to unmask] or to me
>personally.  Normally we don't distribute messages ABOUT Screen-L ON
>Screen-L, but when it comes to policy issues we think it's important
>to have a general, open discussion.
>
>--
>Jeremy Butler
>Screen-L Moderator
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>Telecommunication & Film/University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa
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Paul B. Wiener
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SUNY at Stony Brook
Melville Library
516/632-7253
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