Copyright Theft of Coin Images
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.
Westminster Mint Inc (coin-rare.com)
Westminster Mint of Minneapolis, Minnesota, & Madison, Wisconsin, USA are just one of the many dishonest gold & coin dealers worldwide who commit copyright theft by using our copyright images without our permission.
On their "Gold Coins and Gold Bullion" page http://www.coin-rare.com/gold-coins-gold-bullion.aspx, which we reproduce here, they are clearly using at least 6 of our high quality gold coin and bar images, and we are still checking the remainder, many of the linked pages contain two, three or more of our photographs.
6 out of 13 items on their Gold Coins and Gold Bullion use our photographs, and there are at least 10 of our photographs used on their site.
The images we have positively identified so far include:
Westminster Mint Inc About Us Page
Westminster Mint Inc claims:
We offer you consistently low prices, provide you with a wide range of products and offer the highest level of customer
service in the industry. We continually strive to do even better, to make us your number one online source for buying and
selling gold and silver. Actively traded products include American Eagles, Canadian Maple Leafs, S. African Krugerrands,
Austrian Philharmonics, Chinese Pandas, Swiss Gold Bars, PAMP Englehard (sic), Highland mint and other
quality name brand products. We offer fast delivery of your metals or can provide you with fully insured
precious metals storage programs. We also offer Westminster Mint branded privately struck silver bullion rounds,
bars and ingots minted in .999 fine silver supplied by Heraeus. We are active marketers in all sectors of the collectible coin market offering PCGS, NGC, ANACS and ICG certified coins to collectors. Thanks for visiting! And visit often as we continue to add new products, news and information on a daily basis
Westminster Mint Inc Home Page
Westminster Mint Inc claims:
Welcome to Westminster Mint, Inc.
Thanks for your interest in our services. We always strive to give you the fairest price possible for our gold and silver bullion products, rare and collectible coins and to offer the highest level of customer care. If you are looking for certain dates or grades we have a huge inventory to fill your needs. Whether you use our website to shop for interesting coins, unique gifts or as an information resource, you’ll shop with confidence knowing that you are dealing with an industry leader with a proven track record for excellence.
We have offices in Minneapolis, MN and Madison, WI. We have established a great team of rare coin and bullion trading experts. We employ 20 full time numismatists and a similar number of support staff who are dedicated to servicing your needs and helping you start, build, complete or upgrade your coin collection and assist you with your precious metals investments. We serve customers in all 50 states of the Union and throughout the world. We are active all sectors of the bullion and collectible coin market.
Westminster Mint has the expertise, financial resources and knowledge of the marketplace to be a valuable resource for you. We can meet almost any need large or small and make all of our resources and expertise available to you to assist you with your bullion and collectible coin needs.
Custom minting, Westminster Mint is a full service mint. Our services include layout, design, sculpting, die making, processing of precious metals and stock tooling of different shapes and sizes. Precious metals storage programs. We offer a wide variety of fully insured depository storage programs to corporate and individual investors worldwide. Store your metals where members of the New York Commodity Exchange store their metals!
Thanks for visiting! And visit often as we continue to add new products, news and information on a daily basis.
First, and most obvious. Westminster Mint Inc have taken and used our copyright images without our consent or prior knowledge. This is a clear breach of our Intellectual Property Rights. We call it image theft, and it is dishonest. It is also unprofessional.
If the company is an important well established bullion dealer, then surely it could afford to take its own photographs, buy them from an image library, or commission them from a professional photographer. Instead it appear to have chosen to steal our pictures. Apart from exposing them as cheapskates, it is unfair competition.
- Westminster Mint Inc expect their customers to trust them with the storage of high value assets, yet they cannot be trusted not to steal images.
Bullion Silver Gold (bullion-silver-gold.com)
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Other Web Sites
All comments about copyright also cover content of all our other websites including, but not limited to:-
Westminster Mint Inc Krugerrands Page
PAMP Suisse Fortuna Gold Bar
Reverse of Chinese One Ounce Gold Panda
Reverse of Canadian One Ounce Gold Maple Leaf Coin
Reverse of 2009 One Ounce Australian Gold Nugget Kangaroo Coin
Reverse of 2009 One Ounce Austrian Gold Philharmonica Coin
Reverse of 1872 German Gold 20 Marks Coin