eBay Copyright Thieves & Crooks Named and Shamed
It's dishonest to copy photographs, and misleading to buyers.
2010cobwebsantiques Using Copied Sovereign Images on eBay
eBay seller 2010cobwebsantiques of Ballyclare, Antrim, United Kingdom, stole our high quality copyright 1900 & 1967 Sovereign images without permission, and failed to tell buyers his were not the same coins. Dishonest & misleading.
High eBay Feedback is No Guarantee of Integrity or Honesty
When we wrote this page, this eBay member's feedback was 1; with 100% positive according to eBay.
It also demonstrates that high eBay feedback is no indicator of honesty.
List of Coin Photographs
- 1900 22ct Gold Full Sovereign
- 1900 22ct Gold Full Sovereign
1900 22ct Gold Full Soverign (sic)
22ct Gold 1900 Full Soverign (sic).
Slightly Marked At The Edges.
Could Be Remounted Or Scrapped.
We invest a great deal of time, effort, and cost into creating some of the best photographic coin images on the internet. We strongly object when lazy and dishonest people decide to use them without a by your leave or thanks, doing so in competition with us.
Copyright theft is dishonest. We recommend you avoid doing business with dishonest dealers.
Both were "1 Day Listings", whcih always make us deeply suspicious (even more so than usual).
Seller ID||Item Number||Date||Description||Price
2010cobwebsantiques||120599354643||22nd Jul 2010||1967 22ct Gold Full Soverign||£200
2010cobwebsantiques||120599355747||22nd Jul 2010||1900 22ct Gold Full Soverign||£200
The seller was asking a starting price of £200 for this item.
Whatever the items "sell" for, after eBay's greedy 10% selling fees, and possible PayPal charges, the crook may have been much better off selling the coins to us, instead of stealing our photographs.
eBay Guilty of Negligence or Complicity
We will be reporting this example of copyright abuse using our standard Statutory Declaration via the eBay VeRO programme, and wait to see if they chose to action or ignore our report. We look forward to taking legal action against eBay for their negligence and / or complicity if they fail to take down the offending material promptly.
Not a Registered User
We noticed two connected events on 23rd July 2010. The first was:
Member ID 2010cobwebsantiques ( 1 ) Not a registered user
Positive Feedback (last 12 months): 100%
[How is Feedback Percentage calculated?]
Member since: 05-Jun-10 in United Kingdom
The second event was:
2 X 22ct Gold Sovereigns 1900/1967
Seller User ID: mcallp2
Larne, Antrim, United Kingdom
Starting bid: £400.00
This Auction Is For 2 X 22ct Gold Sovereigns
The First One Is 1900 And The Second Is 1967.
Sorry No Pics But These Sovereigns Have Already Been Mounted And Are Marked Around The Edges
They Are Only Fit For Remount Or Scrap.
Can be Supplied Boxed I You Wish Please Advise.
We do not know whether this is the same person with two eBay IDs or 2010cobwebsantiques getting a friend mcallp2 to relist the coins for him.
Once again, we were privileged to see some e-mail correspondence between 2010cobwebsantiques and another eBay member:
Both listings reported to eBay for copyright theft. You got away with the very first sovereign you sold using stolen images.
A pic of a soverign is a pic what is the prob this pic was taken by my employee and inserted to sell my item what is your problem.
(A liar as well as a thief!)
You are required by eBay rules to display a picture of the actual coin that is for sale. Your coins are nowhere near as good as the images you have used and since you claim that your employee took the photos, I conclude that you do not have any coins for sale.
Your problem is that you stole these images from Chard Coins, who hold the copyright and even as I write this, Lawrence Chard is preparing a page about you for his web site. Of course, you are also a liar, as you claim that your employee took the photos and an idiot for trying to brazen out the lie when it is perfectly obvious that you have been caught.
Your next problem is the fact that I am a member of Coin Forgery eBay and have reported you for these frauds and for the copyright thefts.
If you want to keep your account you might consider complying with the rules
as you will see if you cared to read my advert i have advised everyone interested in these coins that they are marked at the sides and they are only suitable for scrap or remounting.
So that said feel free to report me to anyone you want but belive (sic) whoever wins this auction will receive exactly what I advetised (sic) so please unless it is anything to do with you please give my head peace.
If you continue in this manner, I will request that your account be closed.
I have already told you why it is to do with me and for the record, here is the link to the rules:
Read them and stick to them!
no prob do what ever you want.
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