Perhaps we should be flattered by the number of people including dealers who continually infringe our IP (Intellectual Property) rights by using our copyright images, but we do not find it amusing, and will take legal action against any copyright thieves.
Buying Gold Online, (buying-gold-online.com)
Buying Gold Online, (buying-gold-online.com) are just one of the many coin dealers and websites worldwide who commit copyright theft by using our copyright images without our permission.
Buying Gold Online, (buying-gold-online.com) have used 50 our high quality Gold Coin Photographs on their website.
We invest a great amount of time and energy into creating the best photographic coin images on the internet. It helps to promote our "brand", and many people recognise our photographs because of their high quality and other recognisable characteristics.
When other dealers or pseudo-experts use them to help create their own website, it dilutes our brand identity. It may also help to fool reader that the website they are looking at is one with high professional and aesthetic standards. Often the reality is that they are looking at some cheapo, hacked-out ad farm, written by ignorami.
Worst Ever Abuse Case?
This is the worst, and most blatant abuse of our Intellectual Property Rights we have seen.
At 50 images, this is the most we have seen stolen by any one person, company or website.
There is not one single credit to us or mention of us on the Buying Gold Online website, indeed it states "provides retail investors with direct access to U.S. dealers", so presumably we would not qualify for listing on its site, despite the fact that almost every single image on its site is ours!
Out of the 55 American dealers listed or promoted on its site, there are a significant number who also steal our copyright images!
A significant numbers of dealers listed are the subject of accusations of fraudulent or misleading sales and trading practices, including some of the best known. It appears that Buying Gold Online has made little if any attempt to control or filter the quality of the dealers listed.
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Buying Gold Online connects retail investors (consumers) with U.S. precious metals dealers (retailers) who sell and deliver affordable quantities of gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion. Some dealers sell the same bars held in bullion banks and government repositories. Others specialize in selling 1 oz. bars, government mint coins, and numismatics.
Currently, this site's primary function is to serve as a content aggregator. In the future, Web statistics will be made available in the form of monthly reports. The reports will attempt to determine whether or not a direct correlation can be drawn between Internet activity that occurs during (U.S.) open market trading sessions and daily bullion trading volumes and/or prices.
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Buying Gold Online Gold Silver Platinum Palladium Dealers - U.S.
There are only three criteria dealers must meet in order to appear on this site: each dealer must have a Web site, each dealer's Web site must show the owner operates out of a physical storefront, and each Web site must include direct contact information.
Meet Your Own Criteria Hypocrites!
While we think the criteria for inclusion on Buying Gold Online' website may be rather lax, they do not even meet their own criteria.
Sure they have a website, but:
Non Modo Sed Etiam
- They do not appear to operate out of a physical storefront.
- They do not include direct contact information.
Not only do they avoid giving any clue as to their own identity or location, but they have chosen to use a proxy domain registration to enable them to remain anonymous, and almost unreachable, untraceable, and beyond legal redress.
We think this stinks in every case.
It's bad enough Buying Gold Online using 50 of our coin photographs on their various pages without our consent, but then then go on to quote 55 of our (American) competitors, giving them both some free publicity, and fail to give us a credit or link for the use of our photographs.
Yet another dodgy website using a proxy domain service to conceal their identity or contact details.
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registrant-lastname: Private Registration
registrant-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact
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admin-c-lastname: Private Registration
admin-c-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact
admin-c-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300
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tech-c-lastname: Private Registration
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tech-c-street2: ATTN: buying-gold-online.com
bill-c-lastname: Private Registration
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bill-c-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300
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"1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact" owns about 621 other domains
Dealer List Legend*: the following retail bullion dealers may sell one or more of the following: Gold Bullion Bars (GBB), Gold Bullion Coins (GBC), Silver Bullion Bars (SBB), Silver Bullion Coins (SBC), Platinum Bullion Bars (PBB), Platinum Bullion Coins (PBC), Palladium Bullion Bars (PLB), Palladium Bullion Coins (PLC), Collectible Coins (CC). *Click on any retail dealer's name to visit their Web site in a separate window.
- Blanchard And Company
- Southern Coin & Collectibles
- Gainesville Coins
- Monex Precious Metals
- American Gold Exchange
Republic Monetary Exchange
- NW Territorial Mint
Golden Eagle Coins
- USA GOLD
- United States Gold Bureau
- A-Mark Precious Metals
Dillon Gage Metals
- International Precious Metals
- Investment Rarities Inc.
Liberty Coin Galleries
- Manfra, Tordella, & Brookes
- Rocky Mountain Coin RMC
Gold Coins Gain
- Rust Rare Coin
- Sam Sloat Coins
- CMI Gold & Silver
- Monaco Financial
- ITM Trading
- Only Gold
Austin Rare Coins & Bullion
- Superior Gold Group
Affordable Precious Metals
- Wexford Capital Management
- Provident Metals
Silver Superior Coins
- American Bullion
- Carolina Bullion
- Regal Assets
- Doral Refining Corp
Park Avenue Numismatics
- Conquest Gold
- Republic Monetary Exchange
Alhambra Coin Center
- Amerigold ,
- Asset Strategies
Rosland Capital Center
- Lear Capital
- San Diego Coin & Bullion
- First Nat'l Bullion
1908 Olympic Games Commemorative Gold Australian Gold Nugget Bullion Nelson Five Pound Crown In Gold Trafalgar Five Pound Proof Crown In Gold Australian Year Of The Rooster Gold
Australian Gold Nugget Bullion WWII Paddington Station £2 Gold Gold £2 Proof "Brunel The Man" Queen's 80th Birthday Five Pounds Gold Australian Year Of The Dog Gold
Britannias Gold 20th Anniversary Bullion United States Gold American Eagle Bullion Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Australian Gold Nugget Bullion Chinese Gold Pandas Bullion
Gold Sovereigns St. George & Dragon Jersey One Pound Princess Diana Gold Queen's Diamond Wedding Gold Crown Scouting Centenary Gold Proof Fifty Pence American Buffalo Gold Bullion
Australian Year Of The Boar Gold Bullion Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Chinese Gold Pandas Bullion American Buffalo Gold Bullion Canada Gold Maple Vancouver Olympics
Manx Gold Angel Pobjoy Mint Bullion Manx Gold Crown Burmilla Cats Bullion Australian Year Of The Rat Gold Bullion Australian Kangaroo Nugget Gold Bullion Australian Year Of The Ox Gold Bullion
Austrian Philharmonica Gold Bullion South African Gold Kruggerrand (sic) Bullion Abolition of Slave Trade Gold Proof Act Of Union Gold Proof American Gold Eagles United States Bullion
Australian Nugget Gold Bullion Brittania (sic) Gold British Bullion Canada Maple Gold Bullion Chinese Pandas Gold Bullion Chinese Lunar Colored Perth Mint Bullion
Gibraltar Royals Gold Bullion Henry VIII 500th Anniversary Gold Manx Angels Gold Bullion Manx Cat Crowns Gold Bullion Fiji Pacific Gold Sovereign Bullion
British Gold Proof £1 Pound 450th Anniversary Queen Elizabeth I Fiji Pacific Gold Sovereign Bullion St. George & Dragon Gold Sovereigns Two Pound Gold Double Sovereigns
We decided to try to contact buying-gold-online.com, and the only easy way was to use their online form:
We would be interested in further information about Buying Gold Online,
including advertising rates, or eligibility for inclusion.
I dont (sic) really sell advertising space. The businesses that appear on the site came from information I collected while conducting search queries. All of the precious metals retailers included in the dealer directory are based in the US. Over the last several weeks, my site has been showing up in more "europe gold dealers" type queries. I may eventually add a european (sic) list to the directory. Right now, its really just a hobby site that I try to keep up to date, time permitting. I dont (sic) make any money with it.
If you want, I could try to figure out a way to incorporate your business to (sic) my site. Maybe something like a link exchange would work?
I couldn't help wondering why, only listing dealers who appear to have a bricks and mortar presence, and who state their addresses clearly, your own name and contact info does not appear on site.
The idea to start the site came to me while I was looking for a place to buy gold bullion. I was surprised to learn there wasnt (sic) a single resource that hosted all of the most popular dealers. If you wanted to buy gold bullion, you had to rely on search engine links which arent (sic) always as reliable as you would like them to be. The main reason I only include brick and mortar dealers is because I personally would never buy bullion from a business that didnt (sic) have a brick and mortar store front. Nothing against e-commerce, Ive (sic) been working in new media since the 90s. I've personally owned several e-commerce businesses. I just would never buy bullion from a business that couldnt (sic) afford to operate a physical store front.
As to why my contact info isnt (sic) posted on my website...I work from a home office. I know better than to link my home address to any website. Plus like I said in the previous email, I dont sell anything. No one has any reason to call or send regular mail. I do try to answer all emails as quickly as possible. Hopefully Ive (sic) answered your questions.
The reason we noticed your website was because you have used a large number of our high quality copyright coin photographs, without our permission, and in breach of our Intellectual property rights.
- We are accordingly entitled to sue you for copyright infringement.
- In the United States, statutory damages are set out in Title 17, Section 504 of the U.S. Code. The basic level of damages is between $750 and $30,000 per work, at the discretion of the court. Plaintiffs who can show willful infringement may be entitled to damages up to $150,000 per work. Defendants who can show that they were "not aware and had no reason to believe" they were infringing copyright may have the damages reduced to $200 per work.
- Even if we take the lowest amount per image, having used at least 50 our our photographs, we would be entitled to at least $10,000 in damages. At the mid figure, this would come to $37,500; while at the highest figure, it would be $1.5 million.
- We would also be entitled to legal costs.
- We guess you would prefer to come to some amicable resolution which would not cost you any money.
- We suggest firstly you disclose your full contact details. We prefer, and are entitled, to know with whom we are dealing. We will not publish these.
- If you fail to disclose your contact details, we will use a commercial service to find this information for us, and we will hold you responsible for the costs incurred. We would then publish these details.
- Please advise us how you think you may be able to remedy the situation.
- First we suggest you read our Copyright Notice, then at our Copyright Infringements Remedies page.
- On the assumption that we can arrive at some mutually satisfactory arrangement, we would suggest that you leave all our copied images on your site until further notice. If you remove them before or without entering into meaningful and sincere negotiations with us, we will consider it as a hostile response, and our future conduct of our case against you will be coloured by your response.
- A number of the dealers to whom you have given free advertising engage in dubious practices. Some are the subject of Congressional enquiries, others are guilty of copyright theft. We have named and shamed (or tried to) some of these on this site. If you check them out, we feel sure you will wish to remove them from your list. We certainly would object very strongly to them being promoted using our images.
- We expect to hear from you with your initial proposals within 7 days of 13th October 2010, otherwise we will pass your file to our lawyers for action without further notice.
- If you are in any doubt, we suggest you take professional legal advice.
Doug Turns Nasty...
...or at least reveals his true self.
Wed, 13th Oct 2010
Several months ago, I sent the following email:
To Whom It May Concern:
...spent some time reading through your "Copyright Content of our Site" and have a request.
I have a Web site ( www.buying-gold-online.com ) The site basically functions as a precious metals dealer directory. It connects buyers (consumers) with sellers (retailers) of gold, silver, platinum and palladium. The site also has a learning component that includes research materials, videos, charts, etc. Everything is free.
I've put something together I'd like you to take a look at. At the bottom of this page (xxx) I've included links to a bunch of gold coins similar to the ones you have listed at taxfreegold.co.uk
I thought by putting this mock-up page together, I could show you how I could potentially send some traffic your way. Thought it might be an interesting way to develop a business relationship that would benefit us both. You could potentially benefit from getting some new customers, I could benefit by increasing the usefulness of my Web site. Over time, if things work out, it is my hope that we could eventually set-up an affiliate type of business arrangement.
Thought you might find this to be an interesting way to develop new business...
Thank you for any and all considerations given to this correspondence.
Out of curiosity, I went back and reviewed my business notes from that month. According to my notes, along with the above email, I also submitted queries to two other websites you own. Both of those queries displayed a 404 page after I hit the submit button. Neither of the form-based submissions went through, Larry. Apparently you own malfunctioning websites, or maybe your websites weren't working that day or something. Auld websites are funny like that, sometimes. In my notes I also made reference to some comment on your site about how your super-fantastic website receives tons of super-fantastic traffic and that your receive so many super-fantastic emails everyday that it takes time for senders to receive a response. According to my notes, you never responded to any of my queries, Larry.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a few assumptions:
First, I'm guessing you're an auld guy. Auld as in, like, really auld. Dusty auld, like your frames-based website(s). You'd rather spend time creating screen captures and silly web pages than responding to business emails? Really? If that's how you do business, hey, Larry, you are the man. Don't let anyone tell you different. The whole "grammar nazi" thing, your expert use of "(sic)", that's some next level stuff, the mark of a true scholar, a true... grammarian. People will no doubt look at those grammatical marks and think to themselves, "Nobody is as grammatically correct as good auld Larry!"
Second, if, based on the content included on your own silly web page, you are still unable to figure out why its smart to privately register a public domain, I really don't have the inclination to explain why private domain registration is important. Not to you. Larry. You're going to have to figure that one out on your own.
Last assumption- you were born a passive aggressive schmuck and never figured out how to deal with your anger management issues. Building silly web pages, I'm sure that helps you work out and organize your trivial frustrations. If when you originally contacted me you would have said that you had an issue with some images on my website, I would have been more than happy to discuss those issues. As your own silly web page shows, I offered to post your business name in my dealer directory. Now I'm thinking that's not such a good idea.
Now let me explain where you fucked up. Larry.
See the confidentiality disclaimer that appears at the bottom of every email I sent to you? By accepting and responding to those emails, you agreed to keep the contents of those correspondences private. By publishing the content of the aforementioned emails, you are in breech of the confidentiality agreement you agreed to when you opened and saved those emails. Yes, Larry, breeching the confidentiality agreement may end up costing you... I'm not sure exactly how much. Probably isnt cheap, though. I may look into it. Then there's the matter of blatantly stealing and posting a screenshot of my website. You can't do that, Larry (We did, didnlt we?). My website, unlike the government minted coins you claim copyright ownership over, my website is technically considered intellectual property. And you, Larry, are guilty of stealing my intellectual property. Stealing my intellectual property may or may not end up costing you,... on second thought, no, no it won't. I'll make you a deal, Larry. Stealing my original website content, that won't cost you any out-of-pocket money. Of course, that doesn't mean you get off scott free. Larry. I have a few tricks up my sleeve. too. Unlike you, none of the tricks involve ficticious lawyers. But you may be interested to learn that I have been tracking your online activities, particularly as they relate to the time you spend on my website. That's right, Larry. I have your IP address. You may want to ask one of your great grandchildren what someone can do with that kind of information.
Here's what I am thinking, Larry. If any of the major search engines index the aforementioned "silly web page" by end of business this coming Friday, (Oct. 15), I will fire up my automated blog generator and launch a weekend long "Smear Larry Choad and His Ebay Gold " e-marketing campaign with the sole purpose of sending every last one of your silly domains straight to the bottom of google's retarded website bin. If you fancy jostling for bottom wrung bragging rights amongst transexual pornographers and viagra spammers, disregard at your own peril. Good day.
Perhaps He's Right!
We should have known better to annoy Doug. He is obviously a billionaire management consultant or investment banker who has decided to retire while still in his teens. To think of the opportunities we missed. We could have got a mention on one of our own websites, or at least one which was more ours than his. That's the way to do it.
Yes, we know we get a lot of things wrong. It seems to stem from being human. On reflection, we probably have messed up.
Our old, sorry auld (whatever that means), websites. I just knew we should not have made them out of our old recycled Zimmer (TM) frames, even when we got the new titanium and carbon fibre racing models.
Being a little more serious, about this messing up thing...
Things seem to have been going downhill for ages now, Courchevel, Dolomites, Val D'Isere, Cortina D'Ampezzo, Zermatt, Verbier, Obergurgl. Must try Whistler and Jackson Hole sometime, or take one of our great, great, grandchildren to Japan so he can translate the piste map for us.
I can see some of the signs of messing up...
A few years ago we had a BMW 7 series, now we have only got a 3 series. It seems to be a bit temperamental, because it keeps cutting out at traffic lights, and saying it need a service after less then 1,000 miles. I guess at my age, I will never get around to working out what the "Power" button does. Will it blow my head off? Would it be safer to try it with the roof down (in British weather)? Instead of just fingering it longingly, perhaps I should try pressing it, or maybe I should wait until after the running-in service. It does advise not to use the launch control, whatever that is, until later. Perhaps I should read the manual, but I'd have to try and find my reading glasses, or remember where I left them.
As for the Mercedes S-Class, that went back after a year, and we have to make do with a down-market CLS.
The Audi A8 was OK too, and now the only 4 wheel drive we have is the little TT, although we can actually fit a couple of pairs of skis in the boot (trunk), whereas they would not fit in the A8 boot.
We haven't had a Lamborghini for ages. Perhaps we should stick to a sensible Audi R8, but should we go for the V8, V10, or wait for the V12 Diesel? None of the ones we ordered have turned up yet. Some days it's all decisions, like where we could garage them, as we seem to have messed up so badly that we have more cars than drivers, or garage space.
While I was idly scribbling this paragraph, I wondered what ski resorts I had missed out on, and found Arnie Wilson being attacked for his grammar, choices, and more, in comments by a few total prats on The Independent website. There's another guy who seems to have messed up, fancy getting paid to spend your life driving around ski and other resorts all your life, and getting paid for it instead of doing a proper job. I think I should e-mail him and propose a job swap...
I guess that final nails in the old coffin will be when the copyright lawsuit from Doug arrives, and his cyber attack on our Google ratings kicks in. Currently it seems to be taking more than the 48 hours he promised.
Please see our "Copyright" page for further information.
Copyright Infringements Remedies
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Other Copyright Abuse
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The First of Our 50 Coin Photographs
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