Google, eBay Bans Sale of Human Remains & Body Parts

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  • August 15, 2008
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

Most companies have some fairly bizzare terms and conditions preventing users from doing things that they would never have even dreamed of. Most of these terms and conditions are drawn up by teams of lawyers desperate to cover every possible eventuality.

While reading the terms and conditions of Google Product Search I found that Google won’t allow people to sell body parts or human remains using the system.

Body parts
Posting is not permitted for the promotion of body parts or human remains.

If these terms didn’t exist would we see results like the one below?

Google isn’t the only Internet company concerned about the sale of human remains & body parts. eBay has similar T&C’s and goes into much more detail in their Human Remains and Body Parts Policy.

Human Remains and Body Parts Policy

Humans, the human body, or any human body parts are not permitted on eBay. Items that contain human hair (such as lockets) as well as skulls and skeletons that are used for medical purposes may be listed on eBay. eBay does not permit the sale of Native American skulls, bones or other Native American grave-related items, as the sale of such items may violate federal law.

Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation
  • Limits on account privileges
  • Account suspension
  • Forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings
  • Loss of PowerSeller status

Examples of prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • organs
  • bone
  • blood
  • waste
  • sperm
  • eggs

Sellers may not include such items as a gift, prize, or giveaway in connection with an item listed on eBay.

My question is would people really start using Google Product Search and eBay to sell human body parts if these rules didn’t exist?

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