Big Amazon Copyright Infringement Seller 2 pages: [1] 2
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 9:25:37 AM
Store ID: TORASS
https://www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=A111JJPED7Q3IR&merchant=A111JJPED7Q3IR

The amazon seller TORASS has thousands of stolen Zazzle product images in his store.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:59:09 AM
I very quickly found one of mine, and now I'm going back to no doubt find more... Yup, there are more. Sigh. Time to send those cease-and-desist requests.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:20:42 AM
Darn it all, but I wish we still were able to use the form that Zazzle created for us. Amazon's is a total pain.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:44:57 AM
My browser auto-fills my info. Yours doesn’t?
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:45:04 AM
the first thing that stands out to me is the Barbie pillow. someone contact Mattel, they will stand a better chance at shutting this thief down.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:20:56 PM
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
My browser auto-fills my info. Yours doesn’t?

Yes, that part is filled in automatically, and once you get the email code, you can submit one thing after another. What's a pain is if you have multiple products to submit: Tab open to infringement, another tab open to my product, URL's for both, and just to be safe, type in the date created and put up on Zazzle for sale.

I could swear we were once upon a time able to submit multiple infringements in a single go. I bet if people look at this particular thief, they're all going to find multiples.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:39:35 PM
Jerry Lambert wrote:
the first thing that stands out to me is the Barbie pillow. someone contact Mattel, they will stand a better chance at shutting this thief down.

ROFL, just wanted to write the same. BTW, wondering how they deal with the customers who get a pillow printed with a web-optimized 600 pixel design on them. nevermind, they come and go. But one has to be said. Nice product previews, clean designs on them.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:30:44 PM
Colorwash wrote:
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
My browser auto-fills my info. Yours doesn’t?

Yes, that part is filled in automatically, and once you get the email code, you can submit one thing after another. What's a pain is if you have multiple products to submit: Tab open to infringement, another tab open to my product, URL's for both, and just to be safe, type in the date created and put up on Zazzle for sale.

I could swear we were once upon a time able to submit multiple infringements in a single go. I bet if people look at this particular thief, they're all going to find multiples.


What email code?

I never put in any more than: "I sell this copyrighted image in my Zazzle store. Seller has NO right to use it."

I thought we were once able to report all infringements on a single report too. Now you can report up to 50 sellers, but only for the same image.

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:56:12 PM
How do you end up finding your designs that are stolen? Do you just put in keywords you use a lot? It's probably unlikely I have any stolen, but you just never know and I was wondering the best way of looking.

Malissa
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 3:06:46 PM
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
What email code?

It's a code they send to you via email that you then copy and paste into the form, the code functioning throughout your session. Or can you plug in the same code the next time you have report infringements?

Quote:
How do you end up finding your designs that are stolen? Do you just put in keywords you use a lot?

I use words that are common in my titles, in my case, the most common being "music," but there are others. For a while, I was having a spring peeper design being consistently stolen, so I'd search for both "spring peeper" and "frog." I'm sure, however, that there are many thefts that have flown beneath my radar.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 3:16:52 PM
Colorwash wrote:
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
What email code?

It's a code they send to you via email that you then copy and paste into the form, the code functioning throughout your session. Or can you plug in the same code the next time you have report infringements?


I don't have to put in any code. Where on the form does it go?

Quote:
How do you end up finding your designs that are stolen? Do you just put in keywords you use a lot?


They are lazy thieves so they use my Zazzle titles. One time they included my shop name, lol.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 3:43:45 PM
Just found one of mine. How do you send cease and desist requests, is there a form somewhere?
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:08:53 PM
Colorwash wrote:
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
What email code?

It's a code they send to you via email that you then copy and paste into the form, the code functioning throughout your session. Or can you plug in the same code the next time you have report infringements?

Quote:
How do you end up finding your designs that are stolen? Do you just put in keywords you use a lot?

I use words that are common in my titles, in my case, the most common being "music," but there are others. For a while, I was having a spring peeper design being consistently stolen, so I'd search for both "spring peeper" and "frog." I'm sure, however, that there are many thefts that have flown beneath my radar.


Thank you. I did acutally scroll through the whole shop from the link up there. Sorry you have to deal with design theives stealing your talent and wasting your time...
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:22:31 PM
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
What email code?

It's a code they send to you via email that you then copy and paste into the form, the code functioning throughout your session. Or can you plug in the same code the next time you have report infringements?


I don't have to put in any code. Where on the form does it go?

Quote:
How do you end up finding your designs that are stolen? Do you just put in keywords you use a lot?


They are lazy thieves so they use my Zazzle titles. One time they included my shop name, lol.


Ha! Lazy and dumb! Sorry you have to deal with all of that!
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:37:55 PM
Thanks MelroseOriginals! Life on the internet. Crying

waterart wrote:
Just found one of mine. How do you send cease and desist requests, is there a form somewhere?


https://www.amazon.com/report/infringement
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:34:21 AM
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
AugieDoggyStore wrote:
What email code?

It's a code they send to you via email that you then copy and paste into the form, the code functioning throughout your session. Or can you plug in the same code the next time you have report infringements?


I don't have to put in any code. Where on the form does it go?.

I wonder why the difference. I was already signed in, Amazon already knew who I am and where I live, already knew I'm both a customer and Merch designer. All I can figure is that they like you better than they like me. LOL
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:39:01 AM
MelroseOriginals wrote:
How do you end up finding your designs that are stolen? Do you just put in keywords you use a lot? It's probably unlikely I have any stolen, but you just never know and I was wondering the best way of looking.

Malissa

I use Google Images. It will let you look for images that are on your computer to see how they show up on the internet. I have found several of my products that are being promoted that way. One card with dogs on it had been picked up by a site that promotes humane treatment of animals. I emailed them to ask why they were using my image and was told there was a link to my card and they were not claiming it as their own. They were actually promoting my card.
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:51:50 AM
randysgrandma wrote:
MelroseOriginals wrote:
How do you end up finding your designs that are stolen? Do you just put in keywords you use a lot? It's probably unlikely I have any stolen, but you just never know and I was wondering the best way of looking.

Malissa

I use Google Images. It will let you look for images that are on your computer to see how they show up on the internet. I have found several of my products that are being promoted that way. One card with dogs on it had been picked up by a site that promotes humane treatment of animals. I emailed them to ask why they were using my image and was told there was a link to my card and they were not claiming it as their own. They were actually promoting my card.


Thank you. I never knew you could even do that with Google Images. Good to know!
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 1:32:57 AM
I have been emailing this amazon seller. He says he buys the products from a "factory". Now I know why I see the same stolen images of mine pop up every few of months. The only way to get this guy shut down is to file as many complaints as possible. it takes about a week for amazon to remove items I file complaints about. But the stores stays for months.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/reports/infringement
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 1:38:01 AM
I search www.amazon.com www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com.au every month for my items. And also do google searches too. People like to steal images for websites, blogs and so on and do not link back to zazzle. I kindly ask for a link back to zazzle when I find them. Most of my sales come from third party sellers.
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 1:42:49 AM
There is also an online survey to report items.
"As we try to help you address the sale of copies of your designs on Amazon, it would be helpful if you could use the form below to compile a comprehensive, uniform snapshot of sellers listing your unauthorized designs."

https://www.research.net/r/KFWJL6Y
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 2:36:52 AM
Shocked I saw a Rothko (minimalist painter) in TORASS's items ...Rothko is not in the public domain yet (he died in 1970)
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 3:50:58 AM
John Urbanski wrote:
There is also an online survey to report items.
"As we try to help you address the sale of copies of your designs on Amazon, it would be helpful if you could use the form below to compile a comprehensive, uniform snapshot of sellers listing your unauthorized designs."

https://www.research.net/r/KFWJL6Y

Do you know anything about who, what, when, and where with this form? I ask only because I don't remember Zazzle ever mentioning it here on the forums.
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 8:18:08 AM
@Colorwash, the survey link was from a forum post a couple years ago.
https://forum.zazzle.com/feedback/amazon_steals_our_designs_automatically
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 9:14:55 AM
I found two of my designs and sent a notice to copyright@amazon.com. Today I received this response:
Quote:
Hello,

Thank you for your report of infringement. We reviewed your report and removed the following content based on the information you provided.

ASIN: B07DB4666H, B07F1JCMM4
Complaint ID: 5425960181

We have provided your email address to the reported seller(s). You may be contacted by them to provide a retraction for this report. If you believe the original report was made in error, you may email notice-dispute@amazon.com with the following information to retract the report against the seller:
-- Seller ID:
-- Complaint ID:
-- ASINs impacted:

Sincerely,


The message I sent was one that had been posted by someone in the forum quite a while back:
Quote:
To whom it may concern:

My name is Thomas Abernathy. The following information is
presented for the purposes of removing web content that infringes
on our copyright per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(“DMCA”). This notice constitutes an official notification under
Section 512(c) of the DMCA.

Under that statute, you are required, as a service provider, to
remove or disable access to the infringing materials specified
below upon receipt of this notice. Under the safe harbor provision
of the DMCA, you are given immunity from liability for hosting the
infringing content, provided that you quickly rectify and
investigate the copyright infringement. Failure to do so can
result in the loss of this statutory immunity.



The content that is being infringed is:

https://www.zazzle.com/collections/retro_stars_and_lines_atomic_age_decor-119053057728665212 and

https://www.zazzle.com/tjustleft/fractalized%20eagle

The infringing copies of this content is located at

https://www.amazon.com/TORASS-Pillow-Pattern-Decorative-Pillowcase/dp/B07DB4666H/

https://www.amazon.com/TORASS-Canvas-Patriotic-American-Artwork/dp/B07F1JCMM4/ref=sr_1_11?m=A111JJPED7Q3IR&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1539204170&sr=1-11&keywords=patriotic



I have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted
materials described above on the allegedly infringing web pages is
not authorized by me. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the
information contained in this notification is both true and accurate, and that I
am the owner of the copyright involved.


Sincerely,

Thomas Abernathy
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 10:04:41 AM
Hey Thomas, that is great. One step closer to getting this guy shut down.

Just checked on amazon, all of my designs have been taken down too.

I contacted some of the zazzle sellers when I found one of their designs on amazon. But I am surprised that so many zazzle sellers do not have a contact button on their products page. And no contact information on their seller page.
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 10:52:40 AM
John Urbanski wrote:
But I am surprised that so many zazzle sellers do not have a contact button on their products page. And no contact information on their seller page.

A number of people deactivated the button when it turned out messages were going to Z's customer service department instead of to the designer when that's what was desired. I've no idea if Zazzle has fixed it. I placed my email address in the About section, and left it at that. I've seen that others have done this too.
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 11:41:01 AM
Thanks for the tip, just added my email to the About section.

There two contact buttons. One under "About This Product", looks like that goes to zazzle. And one under "About This Design", that goes to the designer (seller). It can be confusing for a buyer.
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 1:32:35 PM
Thank you for posting this!

I found 2 of my things so far, both Gothic canvas wall hangings. They put one up that needs customization. Unless your name is "yourname" and your wedding date is "20--". I don't think it will sell. That gave me the idea to make everything with "yourname" on it so sales from stolen art will be a fail. I did click the "Report incorrect product information." button on the page and filled it out. Not sure if it will help.
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 4:22:31 PM
Wow... I think I know I've officially made it.. I found one of mine too.. (so far -geeze they've scooped *a lot* of designs

aaaaaand reported..
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