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Amazon sellers of stolen Copyright Material is on the rise

Updated on May 28, 2016
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Stolen artwork

For a few months now word got out on several Facebook groups that many designer’s art was for sale on Amazon without their consent.

It started to alarm me, but I didn’t want to look out for any designs of mine. It would so spoil my creativity; so I rather just carried on designing. I know that was a kind of ostrich mentality, but I’m not going out of my way to look for negativities of any kind. I rather look for the positive opportunities that are still available through the internet, knowing that what we think and feel in this moment impacts in a very real way on the world in us and around us, even the Earth itself is sensitive to our vibrations.

Being in denial is not working

My husband by pure chance spotted one of my (book designs) on a pillow, while he was checking on one of our book titles A Multi-Dimensional Perception on Amazon. This book design was clearly stolen from my kima global gift shop at Zazzle by a person calling themselves Lily-Ann! Whoever Lily-Ann is. It’s probably a false name. My instant reaction was anger. So much so for my intent to stay away from negativity.

It helps to belong to the POD Facebook groups so I did the one action that was open to me, sending an email off where I included all the details of the artwork to them...I got an automatic reply that my email had been received, and then I got another email asking what book link that was a copy right theft! They never saw the pillow product that you see on the image.

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I would hate to work for amazon as an employee

I do wonder about the opportunities amazon employees have to earn from sales!!

What opportunities does anyone have against Amazon thieves?

Copyright

Copyright is having the ownership over a piece of work or art. Work is automatically copyrighted when it is created, like: Books, articles, web content Paintings, photographs, and visual works. Songs, movies, television shows and ads are also included.

In case of a book publisher, producer, art galleries or anyone who on behalf of the Copyright owner has invested in the promotion, then a contract has to be signed by both parties to secure the “print or recording rights “ as an example, so there is a share in profits for both parties.

Trademark

Trademark tends to protect items that define a company brand, like Business name, brand, or product names Logos and sometimes company slogans or phrases.

How does Amazon earn its money?

1 Products from and sold by a [third-party seller]

Because Amazon is a marketplace for third-party vendors that allows merchants to setup accounts and sell items in a relatively unregulated environment, and it’s one of the company's fastest-growing businesses. It’s now also become a haven for counterfeiters.

That also means the third-party seller is responsible for the printing and shipping of the POD products. Companies like Zazzle, Society6, Redbubble and many more are like us publishers third-party sellers on Amazon.

In Create space at Amazon our book titles are printed by Amazon and shipped to the customer and we get billed for the printing costs. We also use Lightening source who is a third-party-seller on Amazon and our titles are also with them. In that case we have to pay for the shipping and posting costs upfront before the book is sent to the buyer.

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POD companies pay royalties to their designers

For many of the designers for Print-On-Demand sites like Zazzle, Society6 and Redbubble, when a product is sold they earn a % (royalty fee) for their art work that is printed on the product. The printing and shipping gets handles by the POD Company.

(What is happening is that unauthorized third-party sellers are impersonating (stealing) digital art and undercutting popular consumer brands.)

2 Fulfilled by Amazon

In the past items (mainly books) are shipped from one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers. This means that items are processed by Amazon but are not necessarily verified.

We are book publishers and have been a third party seller since 1998.

3 Sold by Amazon

These items are sold by Amazon and are most likely the legitimate product, like our titles that are available on create space and the kindle.

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Other artists who have lost a lot of royalty payments

Susan an internet friend of mine created a Facebook group named; "Who stole my images?" She has more than 350 members documenting examples of copyrighted designs being taken mostly from Zazzle and sold illegally on Amazon. Over the weekend, one artist said she just found 11 more pieces of her work on Amazon, bringing the total number of stolen designs she'd discovered to 88.

Susan said: “For the past two months, I have sent Amazon copyright dept, a list of at least 50 items per week. It is very time consuming, takes from our sales and the poor quality hurts our 'brand'.”

Amazon says “the sale of counterfeit products is "strictly prohibited" and "the sale of counterfeit goods can also lead to legal action by rights holders and civil and criminal penalties." But in the meantime the thieves are taking away the earnings of lots of designers around the world.

What's makes me question is that Amazon isn't some unsophisticated retailer. Rather, it's a company littered with engineers operating some of the most complex logistics and technical infrastructure in the world.

  • Why have they not managed to find a way to prevent this?
  • With all that technology, shouldn’t Amazon have an effective approach of authenticating sellers, noticing bots and feigned IP addresses and restrain criminalized images?

Zazzle even runs some of its computing on Amazon Web Services, as does Redbubble, another online marketplace that's seen fakes show up on Amazon.

  • How can an artist help Amazon by providing them with the information they need to identify the infringing accounts?

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Both Zazzle and Amazon are taking action, but is it enough?

Recently on the Zazzle forum there is a form we all can fill in for 5 stolen designs. We do have to add three links. The Amazon sale link, the so called seller link and our own Zazzle link. The images I have included in this post will soon be removed from Amazon, I’m sure because I already saw that one other pillow design of ours was now no longer available.

I will post this article so that Amazon buyers will learn what counterfeiters on Amazon do to all the individuals who depend on an income from their hard work. We all can see how attractive it is to buy a product through Amazon due to the cheaper price, but what about people’s brand name?

This was in itself a creative project, especially making the images for this post, but from now on I will purely focus on creating more designs and stay positive that the wheels behind the scenes are looking after all of us artists and designers.

Conclusion
Having listened to the videos I have included into this article, I’m somewhat shocked at the hardship employees seem to suffer working for Amazon.

The last video about Chinese fakes made me realize that I do not want to support the big cooperation’s mentioned in this video, but rather the individuals, since they are just making them richer while they get nothing in return. That has to change!

As publishers we are grateful for the book sales, and as a designer I would love to sell my artwork on the print-on-demand Merch by Amazon, but at the same time I hope that the working facilities at Amazon will greatly improve for many of the employees in years to come when bosses wake up by listening to their inner voice!

Thanks for reading my post.

Nadine


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I am sorry to learn of your artwork being stolen. Not long ago people were stealing articles/hubs and putting them on a site as their own. It seems like a copyright is useless. Your artwork is really beautiful. I hope this problem is resolved soon. Take care...

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      somethgblue 13 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I have had so much of my artwork stolen from just my articles that it is ridiculous however what helps me is that I just think my art should be shared with the world, so steal away.

      It sucks Nadine and I really don't know what any of can do about. I like your attitude of staying positive and since we both know how karma works that helps as well . . . but the bottom line is . . . IT SUCKS!

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      This is a sensitive and well-produced hub, Nadine. I knew that a lot of work is stolen by those who can't be bothered to write their own articles but didn't realise the amount of goods that are counterfeited in the same way.

      I agree with you that it's unbelievable Amazon can't find a way to verify products. Call me a cynic but could it have something to do with their cut of those sales?!

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention and giving us the links to do something about it. Stay positive! It's the only way.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow! I never realised this was happening. Thanks for opening my eyes Nadine and sorry your artwork has been stolen. I hope something can be done.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your comment. It was an interesting exercise from which I learned that I do NOT want to support the big co-operations but rather the individual,especially after listening a Special Documentary about Chinese Fake Trillion Dollars Counterfeiting Business on you tube.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Daniel thanks for your great comment. I.m so glad to see your name and I look forward to read your articles again. I have not been all that active on hubpages. It was an interesting exercise from which I learned that I do NOT want to support the big co-operations but only individuals . I will add a video to this article to make that clear.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Well Jodah I did my part by creating the images and for writing this article, but now I let it go. The enjoyment that I got from being creative is already a payment in itself to me. After cooling down from the shock seeing my art being sold by others and listening to the videos I realize that there are people who are so much worse of than me. I better keep doing what I enjoy and leave it at that.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks Ann for your comments. Yes I agree that there is more to it than meets the eye! I think that the productions of the goods are done in China, or other countries were labor is a lot cheaper.

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      MizBejabbers 13 months ago

      Nadine, I'm sorry that you are having your designs stolen, but that is a big problem today that artists and writers share. I don't expect anything to come from the international theft that some people are experiencing because governments can't police other governments citizens for theft like this. If there are any treaties, they are few and far between. Under U.S. law, the first thing a court would say is "prove it!"

      In the U.S. (and I realize that you are in SA, not the USA) we do not automatically own a copyright to anything we create. We have to establish legal ownership of creation of our product. If I write an article and a person looks over my shoulder and publishes it first, he might be able to prove himself the legal owner and "prove" that I stole it from him. It would be a long expensive battle to prove my ownership, and much cheaper to let it go. Companies like Amazon know that, and they aren't going to put forth much effort to help the real creators.

      Aside from buying a legal copyright from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, which is airtight, we were taught a "poor man's copyright" in journalism school. "Put a date stamp on the printed document, seal it into an envelop and then mail it to yourself. Do not open it after you received your mailed document, but file it away in case you ever need it in court. Then the court will open it. This was before computers, so a person today might be able to prove their own creation date on the computer. Sometimes, though, if a revision is made, that original date goes away and the revised date is kept, so the person would want to save revisions under a new title.

      I hope you see the problem that we are facing. Even if I pay the fee and have my book copyrighted (hypothetically speaking now), finding a copyright lawyer is difficult and very expensive because most copyright lawyers are in big cities and do not work on contingency. Again, I'm sorry for your troubles. I hope someone can help you stop this theft.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      That is a very good idea from MizBejabbers (mailing to oneself). I might do that in just a few cases.

      Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      We have an Amazon distribution facility just 3 miles away. They hire very uneducated people, many of whom have been fired from a number of other local jobs. Then they make them work in a hot un-air conditioned environment with low wages, and during the holidays they work them so long and hard they cannot enjoy the holiday season. Amazon is known locally as a very demanding employer to put it mildly. I would not expect much resolution to your vexing problem, sadly. The best thing you could do is publicize your problem through hubs like this. Sorry to hear your creativity has been hijacked and Amazon is looking the other way.

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      Genna East 13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Nadine, I am so sorry to hear that you and others have been victimized in such a shameless way. What is wrong with these people?!? It just infuriates me. But you have handled this problem well, and with patience. I am dubious about how Amazon claims that they can't track the authenticity of the artwork that is being stolen and hawked. I hope that a solution is found. Perhaps if enough attention is given to this problem, it might help.

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      somethgblue 13 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      OK, Nadine after sharing some of your work with others on the Full Disclosure Now FB group they are now clamoring for information on you and your books.

      So I provided links to Kima and your profile page, hopefully you will get some sales out of the sharing and maybe sometime in the future you could write an article on Full Disclosure and donate it to the project.

      I will be creating a timeline for a series of articles narrating what we know about the true "his " story of Earth, using books like Gnosis and the Law and Voyagers Vol. I & II to but we are still a couple of weeks to month away from starting.

      Since I'm running the show for this section of the project I intend to invite a variety of guest writers to contribute (Ubuntu-like) articles for the purpose of awakening planet Earth so we can stabilize the timeline and move forward with FD and eventually Ascension.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow many thanks for all that legal information MizBejabbers. Most appreciated. We in SA do fall under the commonwealth jurisdiction, meaning when we send a legal deposit copy of to the state library of a new title ( from anybody around the world) as publishers to Pretoria, that is proof for us and the author who will always keeps the copyright. We only hold the print rights as publishers. I'm not sure how that works with ebooks, but then it might be attached to the printed copy ( if there is any) So far as I know that will stay binding. If we do a reprint which a new title,cover and ISBN, it gets send again.

      No idea how that applies with designs, but then, after I wrote this article and blogs I have done my part in exposing the theft and moved on...I rather keep being creative no matter what. People who have the need to copy others are destroying their own creative skills.Its better to inspire others, so I have chosen to see it that way from now on.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes I was also glad to read MizBejabbers info and advice

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes Flourish I have learned what you shared from listening to the videos. Shocking how big co-operations treat their employees. It was an interesting experience for me in many ways. Discovering the theft I mean. If the rich corporations made their products cheaper, counterfeiting business would end. Rich and greedy people don’t want that! mmm

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment Genna. Ive decided not even to bother reporting these thefts to Amazon Its not worth my time. I have plenty creative projects on the go and if they earn me some money, that is great. If they have inspired others, that is also great. I will keep positive knowing whatever i do i will be provided for one way or another. I'm one of the fortunate members that does not rely on my graphic work or my own writing for an income like some.We have spread our earning opportunities wide over many years.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh I have not yet been to your Full Disclosure group Daniel.....do it now...Just liked the group and yes I will sign up ( filling in the form after I have finished commenting. Many thanks for sharing and linking our Kima profile page.

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      somethgblue 13 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      We have already discussed you and of course I emphasized that you are very busy but might be able to be persuaded in offering some contributions.

      I expressed the importance that although we are a non-paid site, allowing authors to provide links and sharing their paid sites would be one small incentive we could offer.

      When I get the timeline up and running I will then contact you to see what you could bring to the Full Disclosure Now table. I think we all can see the importance but can we find the time . . . ?!

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Daniel I have send a link to Robin who will I'm sure be very interested in joining as well between his work. Some of our authors might also be interested. Especially David Ash. I let Robin contact him when he is on line. He took the day of to be a handyman!

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      somethgblue 13 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Emma Gold is the person that needs to be contacted on the FDN site, I think the group is closed ATM but that will change as the site is going through a metamorphous stage right now.

      It has established a radio station and is undergoing a reconstruction phase geared to growing and spreading its wings. We are looking to expand in many different areas and knew that this would be the kind of thing, you might be interested in . . . I will stay in touch.

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      Word 13 months ago from Chicago

      If this is so, then copyright owners should take the necessary steps to claim their property. Now, my understanding is, you can't claim anything if any of the property has not been stolen for sale of the material or if the material is part of a profit or money making product.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 13 months ago from Templeton, CA

      It's getting harder and harder for honest creative people to make a living. Our hubs are being stolen and probably things we don't even know about are being stolen.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Daniel i have given Robin the links to both the website and the Facebook page. Yes we have some deadlines to finish this week

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      OK I will look her up

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      DreamerMeg 13 months ago from Northern Ireland

      That's just terrible. I had no idea about that. There are just so many thieves around on the internet, stealing from other people's work.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I think that most designers ( like me) were under the impression that the POD websites were securing the artwork with watermarks, but that is apparently not the case. The art files are large, suitable for print, but I was also under the impression that customers only see the thumbnail size. I was under the presumption that individual artwork carried copyrights, especially if the date of the upload was the first date, but now that is apparently not the case.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes Barbara that is clearly the signs of our times. Thanks for your comment

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      somethgblue 13 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      1. Paying for copyrights for you artwork isn't really worth it.

      2. Any decent graphic artist can remove a watermark in photoshop in 10 minutes.

      3. I spend most of my day redrawing logos and other peoples artwork, so anything you can create, I could probable recreate in less than an hour.

      4. If I have the design to work from I can recreate it.

      5. You have to buy copyrights and even then that doesn't prevent anyone from stealing the artwork, it just will help you if you decide to sue.

      need I continue . . . ?

      We are pretty much @#%&* when it comes to putting artwork online.

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      Larry Rankin 12 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great expose.

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      Peg Cole 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      The corporate culture is not for the timid, that's for sure, but the report in your video brings out the worst in corporations like Amazon. Your article has truly shed a new light on the pitfalls of selling online. Thanks for sharing your personal experience on the dangers and remedies for theft of our work as authors and designers.

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      Sandy Mertens 12 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      I find it disturbing that many designers would rather ignore that their work was stolen. Think we all have tried to do this to a point. In many ways it is more comforting not knowing. Like you, I have seen my designs and writings stolen by these thieves with no scruples.

      Unfortunately it is the way the world is. Over the last few years, I have filled out many reports to Google and Amazon on infringements of my articles and artwork. Guess we have to stay positive.

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      Deb Hirt 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is such a shame that so many people are dishonest out there. Some come from the third world, but there are lazy folks out for a buck right here in our own country. Glad that you're getting the world out.

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      Robin 12 months ago from Cape Town South Africa

      It seems to be much more difficult to protect an image than words because words can be checked for plagiarism through Google, but how does anyone copyright an image? I am sure if money didn't come into it there would be no problem. It is the fact that they using the images commercially that is upsetting.

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      Dianna Mendez 12 months ago

      Thank you for the advice and information on this new approach on theft. I am sorry it happened to you. I hope they do find a better way to prevent theft on these sites.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Meg thanks for your comment. Yes it is apparently very bad.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes I have learned that now. The best way would be to have an kind of Art signature people will recognize, but that is a huge challenge.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Larry. I now can comment again.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Peg for your reply to my post. Yes I felt it my duty to share this experience and then let it go. Now that i have done my part, I can carry one do what i love.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Sandy. yes you also have experienced it and yes we cannot do nothing, then the thief's get away with it, but having done my part by writing this article, I feel that I cannot do more. if i keep looking for my designs on Amazon others have stolen and find more, then I ruin my day and it does nothing for my creativity. I'm still waiting for my approval email from Merch with Amazon so I can use my design on there T shirts.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment Dianna. It's probably not possible to stop people from stealing. The best way for me is to keep being creative and original. The most I'm working on my own skills the better i get at it. People who copy others their work do not grow in their skills. Instead they devolve.

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      stella vadakin 12 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, I worked for the dirty word called a union, without it workers have nothing. It is really ashame how workers are treated today, everywhere. Its hard today, I see it clear, total greed. Sorry about your stolen designs.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Avian yes its very sad that many photographers and digital graphic designers all around the world are been abused in this way. Thanks for your comment

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Robin thanks for stopping by. Yes anything like writing and images that has a money value to it is in jeopardy on the internet.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my post ladyguitar. I only hope that the people who are now treated badly, some of them might become employers and they will remember what it was like to be abused by people in control.

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, this is a real eye opener. I had no idea designs were being stolen in addition to written works. I don't understand the mindset of thieves, but apparently they're getting away with it and making money.

      I'm terribly sorry your designs have been stolen. I've had several articles stolen and know how infuriating it is, especially having to go through the effort of having the impostors taken down.

      On another note, I'm appalled at the tactics Amazon employs. I'll think twice before buying from them in the future, although I will continue to support my friends who sell on Amazon.

      Thanks for making this information public, Nadine. Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Nadine, I am so sorry that your livelihood is being tampered with. The thieves are terrible people.

      I have an idea: Have a video made of each of your designs show also the headlines with date shown next to it. Then sue.

      Thank you for making this public information.

      Blessings and hugs

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      carolynkaye 12 months ago from USA

      That's really sad that this is happening. I remember reading a post from someone on Society6 that saw another Society6 member's beautiful designs printed on cheap t-shirts being sold on the streets of some Southeast Asian country. It's happening everywhere in different ways. I'm surprised Amazon doesn't have a zero-tolerance policy if someone gives proof their art was stolen and being sold by a 3rd party. Thanks for your Hub and bringing attention to this topic.

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      Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

      That just makes me so mad! there will always be these horrible people who steal our stuff, thanks for letting us know, nell

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Shauna thank you so much for reading and sharing my post on these corruptible online practices. Opportunities do sometimes come with a cost.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for reading and your idea. I will keep that in mind. It’s not so easy to deliver proof, unless you can provide the date, and the layered files and it might also work if it was published on other sites at an earlier date than the stolen product, but the amount of work in terms of forms that need to be filled in, plus the links...It will take me many days, not to mention the unproductive time while I’m not writing or creating something new.

      From now on I have created (in Photoshop) a file that have a copyright symbol, date, plus my website link saved, or rather attached to each new image upload. This image info cannot be removed. Watermarks do not work. They can be removed.

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      Nadine May 11 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my post Carolyn. ( I thought i had already commented on yours, but it must not have gone through) The best thing for me is to just carry on and be as creative as i can be. People who need to copy do not benefit in the end. They stop being creative.

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      Nadine May 11 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Nell, I'm sure I have already replied to your comment but it could not have been gone through. Thanks for reading. After writing this article i felt better for having done so, and now I'm just carry on designing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 11 months ago from Northern California, USA

      One time I stumbled upon an article where the writer had stolen one of my photos and used it as her lead photo for her article. I know it was my photo because it was a unique one-of-a-kind vase that someone in my family made. I couldn't contact the writer because she removed her contact information from the article. It is so heartbreaking to read about the many thieves that live on the internet. I guess that is what thieves do. I am really sorry your work is being stolen. We can only hope that one day there will be some kind of punishment for copyright infringement.

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      Nadine May 10 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks you for your reply and what you shared Marlene. I have to expect that images do get used for all kind of reasons, but if people take them to earn from them while signing up claiming that they are theirs, that is going too far. People should least ask permission from the original owner, or if that is difficult sign the art with an "unknown signature". Then at least no claim was made and it might give the original owner an opportunity to claim the rights if proven. All my designs have layered files that are stored on a backup. Photos is more difficult, unless the original photo has a date on them.

      In Photoshop Images can also be manipulated to such an extend that it has completely changed. Then it becomes a new image.

      The opportunities are so easy to copy, The best action for any designer is to stay original and keep on designing new graphics. By staying ahead of the game and publish them all over it is more difficult for others to take the credit. Pinterest is a good way to show original designs on products, which I do extensively.

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

      I just read my answer to this and what I meant to say was take pictures of your design next to a newspaper with the headline and date showing.

      Then sue if you can find out who did it.

      Blessings always

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      Nadine May 10 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That is an interesting thought. I have now been approved to design T Shirts with Amazon, so we will see what happens when I upload the same design that was stolen from me!

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      Glenn Stok 7 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Hi Nadine, I'm just at the beginning stages of setting my Zazzle Store and I'm still in the learning stages. I find it amazing how much theft is going on and that people find ways to sell items on Amazon made with stolen images taken from Zazzle.

      Amazon really needs to crack down on this, and as you had discussed, they could easily use algorithms to detect fraud.

      It's just a matter of checking if an image exists elsewhere on the Internet before allowing an item to be posted for sale. If TinEye can find copies of images, so can Amazon.

      Your artwork is extememly wonderful and I can see why you have this problem, maybe more so than others. I hope it gets all worked out for you. I know it's a lot of work, I'm always filing DMCA notices for my articles that get stolen. It's not fun.

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      Nadine May 7 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for reading this post Glen. I'm glad I wrote the article, so I could move on and forget about it. We can probably never truly stop theft of any artwork, especially when its promoted on Amazon. That is the virtual reality world we have embraced. Good luck with your Zazzle shop.

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