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SpecialtyOutlets in eBay Copyright Theft
Many eBay sellers, including dealers steal our copyright images, we suspect some of them may also be fraudsters. Does eBay care?
Specialty Outlets, c/o eBay Auctions Dept., 2490 Black Rock Tpke., Fairfield, CT 06825

High eBay Feedback is No Guarantee of Integrity or Honesty
When we wrote this page, this eBay member's feedback was 11,288; with 100% positive according to eBay.

Power Sellers - Pillars of the eBay Community?
According to eBay, PowerSellers are the pillars of the eBay community, but time and time again, we find PowerSellers stealing our images. It is so common, and eBay clearly know about it, that we believe eBay act unethically in permitting its members to steal images so easily, without sufficient checks, warnings, or education. This is as dishonest of eBay as it it of their members to steal copyright images in the first place.
When we revised this page in August 2009, SpecialtyOutlets had increased its feedback to 11,566; and this was 100% positive, which helps to prove that the eBay feedback system cannot be trusted, and is no guarantee that you are dealing with an honest trader.

Sample Listing 1:

VEINTE 20 PESOS MEXICO/MEXICAN GOLD COIN 1/2 oz BULLION

Product Details Features: Coin: Veinte (20) Pesos Mexican Gold Coin Date: Varies - I have several and am not sure if they are all 1959 (as pictured) Grade: Ungraded - Excellent Other Details: Lovely coin for any collector or investor. Now is definitely the time to invest in precious metals! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO EMAIL US OR CALL US AT 800-208-2608! PAYMENT DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS! Please contact me if you have any further questions. Review our feedbacks and bid with absolute confidence! Coin Specifications: Condition: Excellent Date: Varies Diameter: 27mm Compostion (sic): 90.00% Gold Fineness: 0.9000 Fine Weight: 16.666 grams Content: Gold - 0.4823 troy oz.

Copyright 1998-2008 Specialty Outlets, Inc./Specialty, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any unauthorized use of the pictures and description within this listing are strictly prohibited by law.

Sample Listing 2:
DIEZ 10 PESOS MEXICO/MEXICAN GOLD COIN 1/4 oz BULLION

Sample Listing 3:
1/4 OUNCE OZ GOLD SOUTH AFRICAN KRUGERRAND BULLION COIN

E-Mails

Sender: Specialty Outlets
Date: 10/11/2008 14.21
I recently received two emails from eBay saying that they ended 7 of my listings, three of which ended a while ago. Can you tell me why you reported these 7 listings? The 7 listing were:
140278132677 - APPLE Mac Mini 1.25GHz G4/256MB RAM/40GB HD/COMBO/OSX
350090362408 - US OPEN 8/26/08 11AM GROUNDS ADMISSION - 3Tickets
350097300246 - Sony PlayStation 2 PS2 Game Console System + 2 mem card
130113701426 - BRAND NEW MITSUBISHI GOLD HIGH QUALITY KEYRING/KEYCHAIN
130113701450 - NEW TOYOTA GOLD & RED HIGH QUALITY KEYRING/KEYCHAIN
130113701475 - NEW TOYOTA GOLD & BLACK HIGH QUALITY KEYRING/KEYCHAIN
130113701500 - NEW AUDI SILVER & BLACK HIGH QUALITY KEYRING/KEYCHAIN

Geoff
Specialty Outlets
c/o eBay Auctions Dept.
2490 Black Rock Tpke.
Fairfield, CT 06825
http://stores.ebay.com/Specialty_Outlets
(800) 208-2608 ext. 225 - toll free
(203) 366-2500 ext. 225 - local
(203) 549-0684 - fax
specialtyoutlets@aol.com

Sender: Specialty Outlets
Date: 11/11/2008 14.09
STOP REPORTING OUR LISTINGS
WE ARE NOT USING ANY OF YOUR CONTENT IN OUR LISTINGS!!!!
STOP REPORTING US FOR COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geoff
Specialty Outlets c/o eBay Auctions Dept.
2490 Black Rock Tpke.
Fairfield, CT 06825
http://stores.ebay.com/Specialty_Outlets
(800) 208-2608 ext. 225 - toll free
(203) 366-2500 ext. 225 - local
(203) 549-0684 - fax
specialtyoutlets@aol.com

What's Wrong?
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 other lazy and dishonest dealers decide to use them without a by your leave or thanks, and pass them off as their own work, doing so in competition with us.
The chances are that we could and would have supplied the listed coin at a lower price than this eBay vendor.
Copyright theft is dishonest. We recommend you avoid doing business with dishonest dealers.
These people have got the cheek to include a copyright notice on their listings, demonstrating that they have some knowledge of copyright law, "Any unauthorized use of the pictures and description within this listing are strictly prohibited by law.". yet it's OK for them to steal our images!

Bullying Bastards!
Not only are this outfit dishonest, but they show they can be unpleasant and nasty.
Their first e-mail was polite enough, although it does expose a point we make in our "copyright" pages, that if an image thief has to ask what the problem is, then it almost certainly follows that he habitually steals copyright images, and does not know or care whose they are, and where they came from.
All copy artists who contact us via the e-mail address we supply to eBay for the purpose get an auto-response e-mail telling them who we are, and why, in general terms, we reported them. We leave it to them to work out exactly which images are involved, and most of them manage to work this out. We know this because we can see if they relist the same items whether they have changed the images. In this case, Specialty Outlets have changed the images, and therefore have clearly worked out which ones they had stolen. It was therefore doubly dishonest of them to send their second e-mail.
Did the apologise for stealing our images? Promise not to do it again? Offer us compensation? No! These dishonest pillocks denied they were using any of our content, and in capital letters (shouting) tell us to stop reporting their listings.

Deal 1?
Hey guys, we at Chard are very fair, we propose a deal:
We'll stop reporting you for copyright violation if you stop nicking our images.
How about it?

Deal 2?
Send us an appropriate apology, together with an undertaking not to repeat the offences, and a check (cheque) in compensation, and we won't instruct our lawyers to sue you for damages.
Without prejudice, we would settle for $1,000 if received promptly, and without the need for further correspondence, or aggression on your part.
If you think this is unreasonable, engage a professional photographer to take 6 similar high quality photographs, and see how much he charges you. Also check with your attorney, to see how much you are are likely to save in legal fees, our guess is about $100,000.

Copyright Notice
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

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 Scams

Other Web Sites
All comments about copyright also cover content of all our other websites including, but not limited to:-

SpecialtyOutlets eBay Listings Using 3 of our Images
SpecialtyOutlets eBay Listings Using 3 of our Images

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