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.
World Mint Coins worldmintcoins.com
World Mint Coins worldmintcoins.com of P.O. Box 691701, San Antonio, TX 78269, (U.S.A.)
via their website "About" page, claim:
World Mint Coins offers coin enthusiasts a variety of information for modern collector and investor coins that are struck by government mints from around the world.
World Mint Coins concentrates information, images and coin specifications based on data directly from Mints. In some cases, information is provided from other sources. In both cases, web site links are listed as resources.
World Mint Coins does not sell or buy coins. We simply provide information on them. We do offer snapshots of coin auction listings from online sites like eBay. (No coin auction listed is ever from an employee from World Mint Coins.)
Revenue to support the site and people running it is provided solely through site ads, such as Google, and referral fees from eBay.
If you have questions, suggestions or would like to report any problem with the website or data on it, please contact us.
World Mint Coins is a part of the CoinNews family of Web sites.
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The CoinNews mission
CoinNews.net was built to deliver the latest coin news and information in a unique and conversational manner. Our goal is to have a place where you can enjoy quality discussions, read daily hot topics and experience a friendly atmosphere that serves and promotes coin collectors.
CoinNews does not buy or sell coins. CoinNews will never buy or sell coins. Revenue is received through ads and affiliates visibly seen on the site. Not a single dime has ever been made from CoinNews through any other means.
In addition to CoinNews staff and free-lance writers, content is provided on CoinNews through numismatic industry-leading companies and governments in the form of news releases and announcements. These are directly provided to CoinNews or we have sought permission. Here is a list of some of them.
Mike Unser, Owner and Editor-
Collecting coins has been a source of fun and excitement in my family for four generations. I started actively collecting in my early teens and have continued through every stage of my life and careers. Thatís now nearly 30 years of collecting.
At CoinNews Media Group, LLC, we strive to be a great source of coin news, information and coin conversations for the benefit of anyone interested in coins and coin collecting.
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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 two of our own images so that you can compare.
We have a very low opinion of other dealers and other coin related websites who steal our images, and use them to compete with us. It is dishonest. We could sue these people, possibly for thousands of dollars, but it costs time and money, and even though we would win and be awarded costs, we might not be able to recover the costs if the copyright thieves turned out to be impecunious or insolvent. That's why we have decided to give these crooks some free advertising our our website, something which we do not normally provide even for payment.
World Mint Coins are according to their website "...These are directly provided to CoinNews or we have sought permission...". As such it is surprising then to find it so careless at sourcing its own images, or so lacking in regard for fairness in its dealings with competitors.
Another eBay Pawn!
We note that WMC and CN are not dealers, but are an advertising business getting their income from "ads and affiliates", and "through site ads, such as Google, and referral fees from eBay".
Although we have a high regard for Google, their relevant adverts are for our competitors, eBay members compete directly with us, and often also steal our high quality images. Our opinion of eBay and many of its members could hardly be much lower. We believe eBay passively condone copyright theft, and fraud, misleading descriptions, and also carry out other unethical practices such as forcing vendors to use their own expensive and insecure payment system PayPal. This sort of monopolistic business practice is illegal in many countries, and eBay probably lobby actively to keep it legal (albeit unethical) in other jurisdictions.
By channeling its viewers to sites such as eBay, WMC and CN are profiting from directing their readers to our competitors.
Both World Mint Coins and CoinNews Media Group display copyright notices on their respective websites, which in our view appears to claim ownership or rights over the content of their sites including our images.
Other Web Sites
All comments about copyright also cover content of all our other websites including, but not limited to:-
World Mint Coins worldmintcoins.com World Bullion Coins Page
Obverse of 1974 Gold Krugerrand