Amazon's Problem With Image Theft - From My Own Experience
Again, I need to stress that I am not putting the boot into Amazon. Every online marketplace has its problem with criminal counterfeiters.
Also, apart from a couple of notable and frustrating exceptions, Amazon has been quick to pull down my designs when notified that they are being sold illegally, and not by the various Print On Demand (POD's) that I work with.
What I have realised through having to have so many hundreds of products taken down (mainly pillows and t-shirts - the crooks favourite items), is that certain patterns emerge. If i'm noticing them, then surely Amazon can get their computer coders to add a little algorithm to the code to stop this at source, to recognise straight away when something is a little bit 'fishy'.
I mean, it's not 'Rocket Science' as Spaceman Jezza details below in this 'cut out and keep' artwork for Amazon coders. It's also handy for consumers too.
These are the certain clues that i have experienced in having hundreds of products removed from the Amazon marketplace.
It's not a one size fits all set of clues, but, it's what i've come across so far in my own case.
Again, it's intended to help Amazon, as maybe they just don't realise how frustrating and time consuming it is for artists to have to spend days and weeks trying to get their own artwork removed from image thieves operating on the Amazon marketplace.
For the moment Amazon are on the 'naughty step', but i'll detail in future blog posts a couple of simple things Amazon could do to help their brand.
On a related note 'Spaceman Jezza' now has his own t-shirt on Zazzle!
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The blog posts of David Brodie, a Scottish artist based near Glasgow.