|Mon Jan 13 2014 12:54:03|
eBay Seller Uses Another Seller's Artwork as Bait
I thought that I had seen it all until checking my few eBay listings today while looking for a friend's art work. I put into search "colorful flower paintings" and scrolled a couple of pages before suddenly finding an image of one of my abstract paintings in TWO listings one after the other!
The following are the listings, first is my fixed price one and second is my image used for a China listing of other flower prints!!! They were using my image to drive traffic to their print company!!! I guess I should be "honored" that they selected my art to garner traffic.
I filed notices with eBay, sent two different emails to the China user asking them to use their own image for the listing instead of my copyrighted image.
When checking that seller, I found images of other artists I know being used in listings that go to the Chinese print shop. The user has 243 listings at this hour.
Happily, at this moment my image has been removed from their "front" listing, but my disgust with eBay's "problems" has increased exponentially! I didn't have time to check the rest of my own listings for fraudulent use of my images, but I will be sounding the alert AGAIN with my collectors and contacts. And, yes, I may have to resort to watermarks again.
P.S. Use my experience in your newsletter if you want to. To me this is "old hat" tricks with a different twist and I'm certainly not alone in the targeting with impunity.