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The footnote disclosure for eBay, Inc. in 2000 indicates that if the company had accounted for employee stock options under the fair value method, its reported profit of $48 million would have been a loss of $91 million. The protagonist is a prospective member of the compensation committee of the board of directors, which provides a corporate governance perspective on the role of compensation in attracting, motivating, and retaining talented employees.