Gold Safe & Copyright Theft
Gold Safe (goldsafe.co.uk) of Longfield, Kent? is yet another dishonest website owner / dealer who has used our copyright images without permission.
Copyright Theft is Dishonest - Can You Trust This Dealer?
Using other people's copyright images is illegal, it is dishonest, and it is unethical. Using the hard work of a fellow dealer to sell the same goods in competition with him demonstrates an extremely low standard of ethics. We would not recommend anybody to transact business with this person or company.
Who would have thought such an honest (although they do not claim this) reputable
company would resort to stealing images from their competitors?
It is dishonest and unethical to pirate and steal other people's work by using high quality copyright photographs without the owner's consent. To do so in competition with them is doubly devious. We can partially understand why they do it; it is quick and easy (but then so is robbing people).
Their website contains a page advertising gold bars for sale, which we reproduce along with some of our own photographs.
There are 12 gold bar images on Gold Safe's Gold Bars page, all of which appear to have been stolen from other websites, including 5 of ours, 1 from ATS Bullion, one of our London competitors. All these images have, in addition, been called from their original sites, or from Google Images, which explains why there are so many of them missing.
It looks to us as though the site owner have used a blog style template to create his site (lashed With FrontFX FrontFlash For Frontpage By XZAKT Media), and either knows nothing about web design, of simply thinks its clever to steal other people's content.
In this case Gold Safe and its owners could not be bothered to take the time and trouble of photographing any gold bars themselves, or paying a professional photographer to do it for them, so they decided it was quicker and easier to steal ours instead. One reason for this is that they probably do not own any gold bars.
If you look at our photographs, you can easily see why they used ours! They probably also thought we would not notice.
For these reasons, we conclude the Gold Safe are dishonest and unethical, and we recommend anybody to avoid doing business with them. If they will cheat us by stealing our photographs, what would they do to you for your gold coins or your money?
One thing we look at when viewing a new website, is to look on the "about us" page to see if the site owner has identified himself, and given full contact details. If this is missing, or hard to find, we usually conclude that the site and its content are trashy and worthless.
In this case, the site owner gives very little information on his "About Us" page. It states Gold safe (sic) is a company, but fails to state the company name clearly (is it Goldsafe, GoldSafe, Gold Safe, or what?). It fails to give a company registration number, if fails to give an address, and it fails to explain how and why you should consider it to be safe:
MORE ABOUT GOLD SAFE
Gold safe is a precious metals trading company based in Oxfordshire United Kingdom.
Our primary objective is to provide the general public with the best prices for precious metals available in today's market. Our products include gold and silver in the form of bars and bullion coins.
Gold safe provides you with the cheapest, safest and most straightforward means to buy and sell gold and silver with low commissions.
We looked on the Companies House website and found one company called Goldsafe:
Name & Registered Office:
OFFICE 3, THE COACH HOUSE
24 STATION ROAD SHIREHAMPTON
Company No. 06812516
This does not look like the same company as the Gold Safe on the website.
Our guess is that the Gold Safe on the website it not a company, but its owner is for some reason stating that it is.
Interestingly, on the Nominet website, the domain name owner (registrant) has stating himself to be a non-trading private individual:
Nominet Domain Name Lookup
Domain name: goldsafe.co.uk
Registrant: Christian La Moy
Registrant type: UK Individual
Registrant's address: The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their
address omitted from the WHOIS service.
eNom, Inc. [Tag = ENOM]
Registered on: 04-Jan-2008
Renewal date: 04-Jan-2010
Last updated: 05-Jan-2008
Registered until renewal date.
Why is their name familiar?
Of course, they seem to have a stable of similar dodgy websites.
Domain Lookup - Update May 2010
Domain name: goldsafe.co.uk Registrant: Christian La Moy Registrant type: UK Individual Registrant's address: 1 Watlington Court 2 Couching street Watlington Oxfordshire OX49 5QQ United Kingdom Registrar: eNom, Inc. [Tag = ENOM] URL: http://www.enom.com Relevant dates: Registered on: 04-Jan-2008 Renewal date: 04-Jan-2012 Last updated: 10-Feb-2010 Registration status: Registered until renewal date. Name servers: ns1.domainrush.org ns2.domainrush.org WHOIS lookup made at 15:53:33 20-May-2010
Please see our "Copyright" page for further information.
Copyright Infringements Remedies
Our suggested draft remedies for copyright abusers dependent on category - competitors, bloggers, pseudo-expert & advice sites acting as eBay & Google portals, eBay & other auction site sellers.
Other Copyright Abuse
Buying Gold Coins & Bars on eBay
Selling Gold Coins & Bars on eBay
Copyright Thieves on eBay
We already have a page naming and shaming dealers using our images without permission. It's time we did the same for eBay, although if we include them all, this could be a very long page.
Alphabetical Listing of Other Copyright Theft Sites
Other Web Sites
All comments about copyright also cover content of all our other websites including, but not limited to:-
Gold Safe's Gold Sovereigns Half Sovereigns Page
Other Copyright Abuse
Our Credit Suisse 50 Gram Gold Bar Reverse Photo
Our Kredietbank / Johnson Matthey 100 Gram Gold Bar Reverse Photo
Our Degussa 250 Gram Gold Bar Reverse Photo
Our UBS 500 Gram Gold Bar Reverse Photo