3126kat in eBay Copyright Theft
3126kat, of "machynlleth, Powys, United Kingdom", stole our 1981 Manx Gold Proof Crown photograph to use on eBay, and omitted to tell buyers that the image was not of the coin he was selling. Totally dishonest!
High eBay Feedback is No Guarantee of Integrity or Honesty
When we wrote this page, this eBay member's feedback was 1,009; with 100% positive according to eBay.
This makes him the highest new entrant to our eBay High Feedback Copyright Thieves League Table.
1981 IOM charles and di gold coin sovereign size
1981 isle of man gold coin the size of a sovereign with pic of charles and di on, still in its original packet so mint.....i'm also selling the half sovereign sized one
please look at my other gold coins
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 lazy and dishonest people decide to use them without a by your leave or thanks, doing so in competition with us.
Copyright theft is dishonest. We recommend you avoid doing business with dishonest dealers.
This particular eBay seller not only stole our image of the obverse of a 1981 Manx Gold Proof Crown, he used it to sell his own coin on eBay. He did not seem to think it was worth mentioning to potential buyers that the high quality photographs of near mint condition coins were not his own photographs, and not the same coins as he was offering for sale. This is almost certainly illegal in the UK under the Trade Description Act, although it appears to happen on a daily basis on eBay.
It's possible he is ignorant of such fine points, or just plain ignorant.
It is always possible, even likely, that sellers who steal photographs do not own a similar coin, and have the intention to totally defraud potential buyers.
The vendor is not only cheating us by stealing our copyright images, he is fraudulently or ignorantly misleading and deceiving all potential buyers. Gaining pecuniary advantage by deception is the definition of fraud.
The seller was asking a starting price of £99 for his coin.
eBay Guilty of Negligence or Complicity
We will be reporting this example of copyright abuse using our standard Statutory Declaration via the eBay VeRO programme, and wait to see if they chose to action or ignore our report. We look forward to taking legal action against eBay for their negligence and / or complicity if they fail to take down the offending material promptly.
Double Stupid or Double Stubborn?
We did report the above listing, which eBay removed. The stupid idiot decided to repeat his listing, still using one of our photographs. It happens more frequently than one would expect, leading us to believe that eBay are negligent in explaining copyright abuse to their members, and to believe that eBay are implicit co-conspirators in this abuse.
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