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.
Gold Information Network
Gold Information Network, also calling itself Austin Coin Collecting Society of 7200 North Mopac Suite 200, Austin TX 78731, USA, 1-800-928-6468, are just one of the many coin dealers worldwide who commit copyright theft by using our copyright images without our permission. On their page http://goldinfo.net/bestbuys.html, which we partially reproduce here, they are clearly using our krugerrand reverse image, and we belive that the krugerrand [age it links to used to use both obverse of reverse of our famous 1974 krugerrand image.
They also have the cheek to state: ©2005 All Rights Reserved The Gold Information Network
Same Phone Number as Austin & Accent
The telephone number given for Austin Coins & Accent is the same as that on Gold Information Network' website, so we should probably not be surprised that if one of them steals our images, the other does too.
Another thing we noticed about Accent / Austin is that there appears to be a network of websites which all interlink, pretend to have different identities, but are probably all owned and operated by the same companies. On the "Today's Best Gold Buys" page of Gold Information Network, for example is a list of "recommended sites".
RECOMMENDED SITES FOR GOLD COIN & RARE COIN INFORMATION
These links point to 15 different websites, but our guess is that they are different aliases used by the same company, but made to appear different, some intended to appear as impartial information and advice sites, each recommending as number of sources for buying and selling gold silver or platinum coins and bullion, the sources recommended, not surprisingly, being Austin, Accent, and others from the same stable.
Austin Coin Collecting Society | Accent Rare Coins | Rare Coin Prices | Austin Rare Coins & Bullion
Free Gold Coin Profit Report | Rare Coins.Com | Rare Coin Museum | Gold Prices | Capitol Coin Collecting
American Eagles | US Mint Research | Gold Coin Specifications | Shipwreck Coins | Gold Bullion Coin Research
SilverInfo.net | Gold Prices | The Austin Report | Silver Dollars | Today's Best Buys | Customer Testimonials
Multiple Sites - Good or Bad
We do not wish to imply that merely by having more than one website, there is any ill intention. We ourselves have over 10 websites, the difference is that although most of our sites have a different layout and design, we clearly state that they are all connected, and our company name, address and full contact details are all clearly shown and easily accessible on every site. The reason for our multiple sites is that each deals in specific areas of specialisation. In the case of Accent / Austin it appears to be done to confuse the customers into thinking they have a choice of different companies.
More About Austin Rare Coins
On the "About Us" page of Gold Information Network website, we found the proud claim shown below.
Expert advice is the key success in gold coins and hard assets. You'll find a wealth of gold information and gold market updates at the Gold Information Network. For personalized help, call a Gold Specialist right now toll free at 1-800-928-6468.
Thank you for visiting the Gold Information Center. The information gathered here comes from the United States Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Australian Mint, the Austrian Mint, the World Gold Council, the Platinum Guild, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, the Professional Coin Grading Service, the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation and other sources believed to be reliable.
If Gold Information Network is such a well-founded company, with professional advice, good standing, credentials and reputation as a professional firm you can depend on for fairness and honesty, devoted to maintaining the highest standards for rare coin quality, fairness, honesty, an industry leader in the Rare Coin Market, why does it not have the resources or desire to use its own photographs instead of using ours?
Also, how come we don't rate a mention for the use of our images?
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
We have shown our own images so that you can compare.
Other Web Sites
All comments about copyright also cover content of all our other websites including, but not limited to:-
Austin Coin Collecting Society Page
Reverse of 1974 Krugerrand