Postcard Image Theft.

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Farleigh2016
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Postcard Image Theft.

Post by Farleigh2016 »

It has been brought to our attention that once again there are at least a couple of people we aware of who are copying images of cards listed on various websites and then using them themselves to sell as photographic images.
The annoying thing is, is that they then watermark them to stop anyone else copying them !!!.
We are monitoring the situation and will do all we can to prevent this, however, at the current time the only obvious answer is to watermark all cards we put on the internet to make this lucrative money making, image stealing more difficult.
I am able to offer a simple cheap way to do this if you are using a flat scanner. I use a flat piece of firm plastic, you can use pages cut from a postcard album or use a normal plastic postcard sleeve, then stick the text onto it. Place this under the card you are scanning and away you go. This watermark can be used thousands of times with no need to log into watermarking websites.
These can be supplied with ANY text you wish, up to 14 letters, I simply use the text DO NOT COPY as this can then be used on any internet website.
I am currently unable to upload an image onto here at present, but if you look on EBay, User - Wayne6453 - you will be able to see the image I am talking about. Cost for the text is £1 per watermark + £1 postage for any amount ordered. Text will come with full user instructions.
Feel free to contact me through this website with any questions you may have or any other ideas as to how we can combat these image stealing pirates.
Thanks for reading, Stay Safe, Wayne.

Moonraker
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Re: Postcard Image Theft.

Post by Moonraker »

Yes, it is annoying, especially when more than half the eBay listings for a locality are copies. Very occasionally I do see a repro of a rare card of which I was unaware - this is informative, but irritating in that I'm unlikely ever to spot an original.

There's one vendor in Australia who lists "historic old photographs" and when buyers complain in Feedback that they are modern reproductions he points to his description saying "yes it is a reproduction, as listed as new on the listing page", with a reminder of his 40,000 positive Feedback comments (that are only 97.3% of all his Feedback, the lowest proportion that I've seen).

oldpostcarder
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Re: Postcard Image Theft.

Post by oldpostcarder »

Moonraker wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:43 am Yes, it is annoying, especially when more than half the eBay listings for a locality are copies. Very occasionally I do see a repro of a rare card of which I was unaware - this is informative, but irritating in that I'm unlikely ever to spot an original.

There's one vendor in Australia who lists "historic old photographs" and when buyers complain in Feedback that they are modern reproductions he points to his description saying "yes it is a reproduction, as listed as new on the listing page", with a reminder of his 40,000 positive Feedback comments (that are only 97.3% of all his Feedback, the lowest proportion that I've seen).
It is very annoying indeed and eBay do not care so long as they are making a buck too... hence the term 'greedbay' - anywhere else it would be classed as fraud, and something for Trading Standards to investigate... :shock:

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