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Copyright Theft
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.

Hough Precious Metals
Hough Precious Metals, of Hesperia, California, USA, are just one of the many coin dealers worldwide who commit copyright theft by using our copyright images without our permission. On their page, which we reproduce here, they are clearly using our 2008 Gold Nugget reverse image.

Hough Precious Metals "About Us" Page
W can't find any address on Hough Precious Metals' "About Us" page, which is a bad sign. There is only a telephone number and a rather amatereurish e-mail address. What's the guy got to hide, and why does he not tell us why he is hiding it?

About Hough Precious Metals
My name is Michael Hough (Pronounced-Huff) and I formed Hough Precious Metals to provide bullion products with great prices and great service. Many years ago I began to purchase gold and silver bars and coins and when more and more of my friends and family began to show interest in precious metals I decided to form a bullion company to provide this service for them and others. I believe a good foundation for any business is by building relationships one person at a time. I believe that people are more important than money and that every single person is important and they should be treated that way. I also believe in taking the time to answer questions. I am not a financial advisor so I don't offer financial advice, rather what I do is serve people by offering them great prices and service on the items that I offer. Many times you will find people that only want to sell, sell, sell, but you will find that with me I will take the time to answer any questions you might have. Yes, I am in the business to sell precious metals, but I will never pressure you to buy from me. I have been a business owner for over 20 years so I know what it is like to deal with high pressure sales people and that is not my way of doing business. As I mentioned earlier, people are more important than money so it would be a privilege to be of service to YOU. You can contact me at (760) 217-5419 or email me at your convenience.
Who Is Jesus?
There is then an 800 word single paragraph asking "Who is Jesus". We don't know why. Perhaps this is meant to project an image of a decent, law abiding, god-fearing citizen, so that the vast number of Americans who are also churchgoers will trade with Michael Hough instead of some non-Christian.
Come off it Michael Hough, cut out the crap, and tell us what we, and any sensible customer needs to know, where can we contact you.
Perhaps he has seen our page about "In Gold We Trust".

Domain Name Lookup
We had to use a domain name lookup to find more about Mt Hough:

Hough Precious Metals
P.O. Box 401593
Hesperia, California 92340
United States
Created on: 04-Mar-09
Expires on: 04-Mar-10
Last Updated on: 04-Mar-09
Administrative Contact:
Hough, Michael
Hough Precious Metals
P.O. Box 401593
Hesperia, California 92340
United States
(760) 217-5419 Fax --
Technical Contact:
Hough, Michael
Hough Precious Metals
P.O. Box 401593
Hesperia, California 92340
United States
(760) 217-5419 Fax --

What's Wrong?
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).

Our Conclusions & Advice
Avoid dealing with dishonest companies. If companies like Hough Precious Metals, who paints an image of himself as a sensitive caring person, but one who is dishonest enough to steal our photographs, should you trust him when buying or selling valuable gold or silver coins or bullion? We think not!

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

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

Hough Precious Metals Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Page
Hough Precious Metals - Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Page

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