Below is info from Amazon's own online form, and email to me, detailing the information they will give to 'third party sellers' when you try to defend your copyright (click image to enlarge).
Now it might sound as if i'm being sensationalist about this, but it's known that most of the copyright infringements on Amazon are run by criminal gangs, rather than some fuzzy little grandma from her sewing room (see link below from the Interpol IP Conference).
Here's what actually happens -
1. I see my designs being sold illegally on the Amazon marketplace
2. I fill in an online form to let Amazon know that these are my designs and i request them to be taken down from the seller.
3. Amazon gives my email address to the 'third party seller'. (yup, these criminal gangs!)
Yes, I know it sounds crazy. But does Amazon give me the address etc of the criminal - hell no!
Love to know if anyone else has had experience of this - either contact me here, or leave a comment..
Here's a link to a speech by David M. Luna (Senior Director for National Security and Diplomacy Anti-Crime Programs, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) at an Interpol IP Crime Conference in September which shows how seriously the police take these criminal gangs and terrorist organisations operating online, and how it damages not just artists, but the country's economy too. http://m.state.gov/md262085.htm
I've asked Amazon why they need to give this information. I'll pop up their response when, if, I get one.
Whit's he up tae noo?
The blog posts of David Brodie, a Scottish artist based near Glasgow.