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Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Image theft on the Amazon Marketplace is a huge deal. Are you a designer selling your artwork or photos on Zazzle and/or Society6? Then it is very likely that your designs have been stolen from mainly Chinese businesses and are sold on Amazon without you getting one cent from it! So far, we do not yet know how these copycats do get our images but it is likely that they only take a screenshot and use this screenshot which will result in very bad printing quality.

On Zazzle, you can add watermarks to your designs which seems to help in most cases, but Society6 does not have watermarks and they do not want to use them in the near future.

In the last few months, many of us have tried to report these copyright infringements to Amazon. Some stolen designs from a store get removed, most won’t be removed since Amazon is not very cooperative and requests more and more proof that this is OUR work we are reporting. Even Zazzle did try to help us by contacting Amazon directly but Zazzle does not hold the rights to our work. Good to know but that’s a bad thing in this case 🙂

And even if a counterfeit product is successfully removed, new products and even sellers pop up almost instantly. It is insane! And when you contact them about what they are doing and that they are stealing your design, they do not even understand the concept of copyright!

So here is a new idea: Did you know that after only one purchase from Amazon.com, you are entitled to review EVERY item listed on their marketplace? Yes, really! Since I am from Germany and have never ordered anything from them I thought I could not review but hey, apparently my free Kindle ebook purchases did count, too. And here is the plan:

Let’s all write very low 1 star reviews on products with our stolen designs. Let’s raise awareness about image theft on Amazon and let’s fight back! All it takes is a comment about the poor printing quality, e.g. like this:

The printing quality will be very bad since the image was stolen! Do NOT buy this item!

And you can rate the other 1 star reviews as helpful 🙂

If you don’t know where to start, please take a look at my Amazon profile where my reviews are all public. I do not only review my own products but also help other designers. Just click through the products, review and rate the other reviews:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2101VVWW4OQ28

You can also leave a link to your Amazon profile as a comment or links to stolen artwork on Amazon. I will visit and review them!

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Today I have opened a thread in the official Cafepress forum about a technical issue I am experiencing. Since I am not the only one with this problem, I really do hope that Cafepress can do something about it. Please leave a reply in the support forum – whether you do have the same problem or not – or give it a heart. It will increase visibility for the support team. Thank you!

This is the topic I have been writing:

Hi,

As an European member (from Germany), I have a problem ever since the local Cafepress.de got removed.
Whenever I want to open Cafepress.com, I get redirected to Cafepress.co.uk.
This does not sound very bad, but Cafepress.co.uk does have LESS products available to design than Cafepress.com.
Since I am not the only one with this problem (many European Cafepress members seem to have it), I’d like to ask whether there is a workaround or what is the intention? It is sad that I cannot create all products anymore 😦
By the way, I was only able to open this topic in the .com forum at work. God knows why it does work here.

And here is the link to the forum thread.

Fancy.com is an interesting social shopping websites a bit similar to maybe Wanelo wlthough it does look a lot different. You can even get cash in return for buying through their website but honestly, I have no idea how that works.

Anyway, it is a great website to share your products although you need to be VERY careful with spam. Do not add one than one product per day or better: one product per week. My first account got banned for spamming and now I am very rarely sharing to them.

My profile on Fancy can be found here:

Christine aka stine1 on Fancy

They do have a bookmarklet for your browser which is easy to use, you can create your Fancy account with Facebook, Google or Twitter in just a few seconds. I follow back all who follow me 🙂

Aliexpress is part of the Alibaba network, an online trading platform from China known for giving a sh*t about international copyright. Now many Aliexpress sellers are stealing your Zazzle designs and am selling them mainly on smartphone cases. The really “funny” part is that there is almost no known way you can fight back and report them – unless you have a patent with a patent number for your design and let’s be honest, who does?

I have opened up a topic in Zazzle’s forum, please do respond there begging Zazzle to take action.

In the past, Zazzle has been very supportive – not like Society6 who do not care about our copyright.

Please comment here or follow the link inside the thread to the pro forum:

—> Stolen Designs on Aliexpress <—

 

I’d love to see your kreations on theKase! Please do leave a comment to this post that links back to your artist profile (shop) on theKase.com and I will follow and promote your work.

You can find my profile HERE.

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This post is not only useful for Zazzle sellers, it does also apply for Cafepress, Etsy, Ebay or any other website or product you want to promote.

Most Twitter members make one simple but huge fault:

They join Twitter, tweet some messages and are crushed that their “promotion” does not have any effect.

If this sounds like your experience, you did it all wrong.

Sorry to say this but Twitter is an easy website for free promotion but you need to do it the right way!

It has no use sending out tweets and then hoping to sell something. Twitter is a social website, so you need to be social!

What you have to do in order to generate success through Twitter:

  1. Find Twitter users with similar interests and related tweets. Use the search box on tip of the Twitter page and search for a relevant topic, e.g. Zazzle. Then follow some users who share the same interest.
  2. When you see related tweets (e.g. about Zazzle), click on “retweet” and share their tweets! That way you spread their word and most Twitter users are very likely to go to your profile, follow your tweets and retweet what you had to say!
  3. When you receive a notification from Twitter that someone followed you, check out their profile and follow them back!
  4. When you receive a notification that some has re-tweeted a tweet than it is your duty to retweet one of their tweets!

Image via CrunchBase

Once you get the ball rolling, your “circle” of retweeting users will grow and so will your influence!

I myself make it a daily habit to check my emails for notifications and then I actively follow back and retweet.

What I do not like at all are people who do not return the courtesy of re-tweeting. They got it all wrong, are probably still hoping for some success through Twitter and will eventually fail.

So, let’s all retweet and grow our success together, shall we?

You can find me on http://www.twitter.com/stine1_online and don’t forget to retweet 🙂

Pinterest.com is a great free social networking style site where you can share (and market) pictures from all over the net (copyright should be respected!).

You can find my profile here:

http://pinterest.com/stine1online/

I actively follow back users who follow me!

Here is a preview of my profile:

For fellow Zazzle sellers, I also have a group board where you can pin your Zazzle products to. You can find it here:

http://pinterest.com/stine1online/zazzling-zazzlers/

If you want to join, just follow the board and you will receive an invitation ASAP:

See you soon over on Pinterest!

 

I have encountered Wordle and this is really neat!

stine1 wordle

Why not try it for yourself? 🙂

This post will be your chance for a little advertising. You may comment with your Zazzle shop link included which will generate a backlink and hopefully a little promotion for your store.

I will also spread the word about this post, so that we all get the most and best possible exposure. Maybe you could help with sharing this one? 🙂

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