Best American Gold Coin (bestamericangoldcoin.com) & Copyright Theft
Best American Gold Coin (bestamericangoldcoin.com of Edmond Oklahoma is yet another dishonest 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.
Thick as Thieves
Actually, we first noticed the offending image on eBay, which we regularly monitor for copyright theft.
About a week later, we noticed yet another eBay vendor and PowerSeller, alma_banuelos using the same image. This crooked eBay PowerSeller will probably not be the last to steal this particular montage.
If you look for the picture on our websites, you will not find it, because Best American Gold Coin modified it.
So why are we interested...
The grandly titled American dealer Best American Gold Coin (bestamericangoldcoin.com) has the offending image on its website (bestamericangoldcoin.html). Nothing wrong with that, you might think, but for the fact that the Swiss 20 Francs gold coin is one of our high quality copyright photographs.
At the bottom of each page of their website, Best American Gold Coin have the line:-
So they are clearly aware of copyright law, and cannot claim ignorance. In our opinion, this makes their offence worse, because they are trying to pass themselves off as originators of all the material on their website, and claiming they own the Intellectual Property Rights in it. Effectively they are stealing our property, possibly along with that belonging to others.
They also have lots of marketing spiel on their "About Us" page, including:
Quality of our products
Who would have thought such an honest (although they do not claim this) reputable
company would resort to stealing images from their competitors?
We purchase only the highest quality precious metals available. Our expert staff inspects every piece and decides if it meets our strict buying standards...
Therefore, you will be sure to only receive the highest quality products at very competitive prices. Give us a try today!
We are efficient in processing your order promptly, packaging it securely and delivering it safely so it arrives on time as promised.
Much of our business is repeat business and referrals from our satisfied customers. We do very little advertising. Many of our clients have referred their family, friends and business associates to us. We hope,once satisfied, you will too.
We are active members of The American Numismatic Association and ICTA, The Industry Council on Tangible Assets. Both organizations help to protect the rights and serve the members of the numismatic profession and investing public for coins and tangible assets.
We are also active member dealers of PCGS & NGC Grading services. These companies help to bring consistency in grading to the numismatic industry.
Please see our "Copyright" page for further information.
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:-
Best American Gold Coin's Gold Coins Page
Our 1900 Swiss Gold 20 Francs Obverse Photo
Our 1900 Swiss Gold 20 Francs Reverse Photo