eBay Copyright Thieves & Crooks Named and Shamed
It's dishonest to copy photographs, and misleading to buyers.
schroedi55 Using Copied Sovereign Images on eBay
eBay seller schroedi55 of Neu-Isenburg, Germany, not only stole our 1974 George V Gold Sovereign image without permission, but failed to inform buyers that the coin pictured was not the same as he was selling. He also described his coin as in excellent condition, which it may or may not be.
Many coin owners and eBay sellers appear to delude themselves. We wonder who he is trying to fool?
1974 George V Gold Full Sovereign
1 £ Sovereign Elizabeth II GOLD 1974
Seit über 50 Jahren steht Königin Elizabeth II. an der Spitze von England. Wie alle Regenten vor ihr hat auch die amtierende Königin von England ihre eigene ganz spezielle offizielle Goldmünze: Die englische Handelsmünze Sovereign aus edlem Gold. Das besondere an dieser königlichen Münze: der Nennwert beträgt nur ein Pfund. Der Materialwert beläuft sich jedoch auf ein Vielfaches! Daher zählen diese offiziellen Goldmünzen zu den gefragtesten weltweit! / Auflage: unbekannt / Material: Gold / Gewicht: 7,99 g / Erstausgabejahr: 1957 /
Durchmesser: 22 mm / Qualität: sehr schön / Nominal: Sovereign
Da Privatverkauf keine Garantie, Rücknahme oder Umtausch.
1 £ Sovereign Elizabeth II GOLD 1974
For over 50 years, Queen Elizabeth II at the
Tip of England. Like all rulers too has the
reigning Queen of England their own very special
official gold coin: The coin Sovereign English trade
made of fine gold. What is special about this Royal Mint:
the nominal value is only a pound. The material value amounts
However, to a multiple! Therefore, these
official gold coins of the world's most sought after! /
Circulation: Unknown / Material: Gold / Weight: 7.99 g /
First Year: 1957 / Diameter: 22 mm / quality: very
schön / Nominal: Sovereign
Since private sale does not guarantee, redemption or exchange.
Seller ID||Item Number||Date||Description||Price
schroedi55||300337784978||18th Aug 2009||Goldmünze Sovereign 1 Pfund England Elizabeth II 1974||€1
First it is dishonest to steal images. We select the best coins from thousands of sovereigns, then take high quality photographs of them, followed by extensive post production work (airbrushing) to make them look even better. This draws on our wealth of experience, education, training, trial and error. Our two graduate photographers work very hard to produce our high quality pictures. We have invested thousands of pounds in equipment and software. When some dishonest eBay vendor thinks it is acceptable to use them without our permission, we get more than a little annoyed. If we were a family business from Sicily, we would send one of the boys round to talk to them. If we were in Northern Ireland, we could set the Intellectual Rights Association onto them. As things stand, we simply report them to eBay, who usually get round to removing the copyright infringements. We also request full contact details of the eBay member so that we can take legal action against them, or send them a warning.
Not only does it infringe our rights, it is an attempt to deceive any and all potential buyers. This is fraud, which is a criminal offence.
We thoroughly recommend any potential eBay buyers to avoid dealing with this crooked member.
The seller was asking a starting price of €1 for his coin.
He may have been better off selling the coin direct to us. We bet he will not offer us a 10% commission for the use of our photograph!
Selling Gold Sovereigns & Other Coins on eBay
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