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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.

Mercado del Oro
Mercado del Oro (Van Martin), of Los Manantiales 9, Villa General Belgrano, Córdoba - Argentina, Telefono: VGB: +54 3546 463506,, 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 krugerrand obverse image.

Kruger Rand
Un Kruger Rand (sic) es una moneda de oro sudafricana, acuñada por primera vez en 1967 a fin de ayudar al oro sudafricano en el mercado. Las monedas tienen curso legal en Sudáfrica, pero realmente no fueron proyectadas para ser usadas como dinero. El Krugerrand era la primera moneda de oro en lingotes para ser apreciada en el mercado por el valor de su contenido de oro; por contraste, las primeras monedas de oro, como el Soberano de oro, tenía un valor grabado en su cara, que podría divorciarse completamente de su valor de mercado. El Kruger Rand fue la primera moneda de oro en contener exactamente una onza de oro fino, y fue proyectado a partir del momento de creación para proporcionar un vehículo para la propiedad privada de oro. Otorgando curso legal a la moneda, los Rands podrían ser poseídos por ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos al tiempo que allí se prohibió la propiedad privada del oro en lingotes pero se permitió la propiedad de monedas extranjeras. Sin embargo, debido a la política de apartheid en Sudáfrica, el Rand fue declarado ilegal para importar en muchos países occidentales durante los años 1970 y 1980 hasta que tal sistema fue levantado entre 1990 y 1994.
Kruger Rand
A Kruger Rand (sic) is a South African gold coin, first minted in 1967 to assist the South African gold in the market. The coins are legal tender in South Africa, but were not really designed to be used as money. Krugerrand was the first gold bullion coin to be appreciated in the market value of their gold content, by contrast, the first coins gold, gold as the Sovereign, was recorded at its face value, which could be completely divorced from their market value. The Kruger Rand was the first gold coin to contain exactly one ounce of fine gold and was designed from the moment of creation to provide a vehicle for private ownership of gold. Giving a legal tender currency, Rands could be owned by citizens of the United States while it was banned private ownership of gold bullion but allowed ownership of foreign currencies. However, due to the policy of apartheid in South Africa, the Rand was declared illegal to import in many Western countries during the 1970s and 1980s until that system was built between 1990 and 1994.

What's Wrong?

  • First, and most obvious. Mercado del Oro and / or Van Martin have taken and used our copyright image without our consent or prior knowledge. This is a clear breach of our Intellectual Property Rights. We call it image theft, and it is dishonest. It is also unprofessional.
    If the company is an important well established bullion dealer, then surely it could afford to take its own photographs, buy them from an image library, or commission them from a professional photographer. Instead it appear to have chosen to steal our pictures. Apart from exposing them as cheapskates, it is unfair competition.

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Nombre del Dominio
Estado Activado
Identificador LWR3-ESNIC-F4
Titular Luis Walter Reynoso
Fecha de Alta 19-03-2008
Fecha de Caducidad 19-03-2011
Agente Registrador EURODNS S.A.
Identificador LWR3-ESNIC-F4
Identificador LWR4-ESNIC-F4
Nombre Servidor IP

Van Martin a.k.a. Mercado del Oro

Who's Who?
We do not know who Luis Walter Reynoso is, but the site appears to be run by and for Van Martin.

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

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

Mercado del Oro Krugerrands Page
Mercado del Oro Krugerrands Page

Our Images
Obverse of 1974 Krugerrand
Obverse of 1974 Krugerrand


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