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Copyright help

Discussion in 'Intellectual Property & Trademarking' started by s31teg, Oct 24, 2012.

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    s31teg

    s31teg Guest

    Hello

    Can someone help me how this company on eBay gets around copyright?


    Pickaposta
    thanks
     
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    Mark

    Mark Moderator Staff Member

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    A great many unscrupulous business who sell this kind of "official" paraphernalia don't have any licence for the images they use. It's probably through sheer ignorance - or more likely that they're hoping they don't get reported and caught.

    I'm not saying that this is the case with that particular company of course as I don't know enough about them to comment. Why not message them and ask if their images are licenced?

    If they're reported to the IP rights firm who deal with the respective images, I'm sure they'll have it out with them if they're not licenced!
     
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    thelegalstop

    thelegalstop Senior Lab Tech

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    Ebay is now like a car boot. There are too many "traders", who are not concerned about copyright, just because this is eBay. Of course, you can report them, but usually they get reported or warned by the company owning the copyrights itself.
     
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    GoonerGary

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    "This is NOT Official Merchandise"

    To believe that such a disclaimer gives him a right to steal images for profit. That is serious copyright and trademark infringement. I think he has multiple accounts from memory.
     
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    You might be surprised how often this happens. Getty Images and others used to have "copyright infringement recovery programmes" (and might still do), which would lead to businesses publishing sample images on their brand new websites (put there by their web developers) - the new business would receive demands for payment of outrageous claims for infringement (like £3000 for use of an image the size of a banner ad).
    @GoonerGary - and passing off to boot
     
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    chillfire

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    If the company/seller is not UK based it will be harder to enforce copyright.
    Technically speaking every image you use online (if you haven't take it yourself) needs to be authorised by the owner, like that ever happens.
    But if the seller is taking pictures of their product, then its tough to prove (at least onthe images) that copyright has been breached.

    Images can be digitally watermarked, but the owner still needs to go and find them.

    There are tools online to find out the metadata hidden inside an image too

    http://regex.info/exif.cgi?imgurl=h...bs.co.uk/images/advbanners/businesslabsad.jpg
     

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