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Ebay seller - rupiculousorchids - image stealing

Discussion in 'Orchid Vendor FYI' started by xmpraedicta, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Another case of image stealing. Beyond my own images, I recognize many others that are stolen (mainly because I've probably seen every single angraecoid image that's been posted on the searchable interweb at least once!) This person is also from Greece, and listing things that I highly doubt are real. Either way, I'm not sure how to report them to Ebay, but I've written them a request to remove all images they are using without permission.

    The listing: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171293388397

    My image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6824991791/in/set-72157608767989335
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The only way to get eBay to take action is to fill out the form they have for just that purpose. This is rather lengthy, but tells you what you need to know. It worked for me where calling eBay got nowhere. Hopefully it will help you and anyone else who is tired of this. The links don't seem to come over from my document, but you can paste them in to a browser.

    To help protect your material, I am pleased to let you know about our
    Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program. This program is dedicated to
    helping you protect your intellectual property rights, and be able to
    have eBay listings removed that infringe on those rights.

    The many benefits of participating in VeRO include:

    - Direct access to a support team dedicated to addressing rights owners'
    requests and processing Notices of Claimed Infringement (NOCIs)
    - The ability to request the removal of listings that infringe your
    intellectual property rights by using the NOCI form
    - The ability to request detailed contact information for sellers who
    post listings that may infringe your intellectual property rights

    To participate in VeRO, you need to file a Notice of Claimed
    Infringement (NOCI).

    How to File a NOCI Report
    The first time you file a NOCI, you will need to download, complete, and
    submit the document to eBay by fax. If you need to submit subsequent
    NOCIs after your initial fax has been processed, you will be able to do
    so online.

    -- Note --
    To view and print the NOCI, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader
    installed on your computer. If you don't already have the program, you
    can download Acrobat Reader for free from Adobe's Web site. To do so, go
    to:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

    To download a copy of the NOCI form, go to:

    http://pages.ebay.com/help/community/NOCI1.pdf

    Please be sure to complete all sections of the form, sign, and fax the
    NOCI to:

    eBay Inc.
    ATTN: VeRO
    (408) 516-8811

    For more information about the VeRO Program, please visit:

    http://pages.ebay.com/help/tp/vero-rights-owner.html

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at the
    following email address:

    [email protected].
     
  3. ZWUM

    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    I hate that!! I just looked through his stuff and I recognize some of the images as well. I also doubt some of what he's selling is actually what he says it is.
     
  4. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    It seems the listing was pulled, but only the one I complained about. All the others with stolen photos are still there. Grrrr.
    Marni - thanks for outlining the protocol - I'll remember to look back at this if I see this type of thing happening again.
     
  5. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Someone also told me a good way to "sleuth out" stolen images: In Google Images, search your own image by entering its URL. You'll likely get a "not found" message, but at the top, it'll say "For matching Images, Search by Image" instead. Click on that and you'll see.
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Unfortunately, in many cases you have to be the holder of the copyright to get action. You can, of course, shame the people publicly on or write to the people who are the copyright holders as many of them aren't aware their images are being used.