I was asked privately what I think is going on in the case of 3rd party sites that seem to be selling Eve branded items for profit. I’m addressing the question publicly because I don’t have easy access to Eve-mail and perhaps the public could benefit from the answer, though it may be long enough that nobody reads it. Anyways, first the disclaimer:
First, I am not a representative of CCP, so what I say is purely my interpretation of the same webpage that I linked above combined with my personal philosophy on the matter. It is not authoritative.
There are two possible situations for 3rd parties who seem to be selling Eve merchandise for profit. The first being that they’ve contacted CCP and acquired permission or a license to use the branding. There is no way to know if that is the case for certain, however, as this agreement or licence is between CCP and that 3rd party and neither is obligated to give any indication of that, though they may to clear confusion or offer proof their sales are legitimate. Either way, though, is legit.
If anyone is going to make Eve merchandise, it should either follow the spirit of the publicly outlined permissions and be not for profit entirely, or they should acquire proper permission to do otherwise, else they should abandon the manufacture of that merchandise.
I’m not an enforcer. I won’t be spearheading a charge to hold violators of CCP’s IP rights accountable, but it remains a thing I don’t think anyone should be doing and if anyone annoyed me directly by offering to sell me unlicensed merchandise, they may find themselves in some hot water.