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Sally Trace

10 Days Ago

T Shirt Company Lifting Images Off Of Faa And Advertising On Google Shopping

Hi all, I found this T shirt listing being advertised in Google Shopping Ads in a search for my name (watermark included, no extra charge, lol...). Eventually I realized they just lifted the FAA Toddler T shirt image right off the FAA site. They have 1274 pages of T shirts. I don't know if all images are from FAA or not, but mine definitely is.

https://www.moreteess.com/products/sally-trace-toddler-t-shirts?variant=30313128558674¤cy=USD

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Sally Trace

10 Days Ago

Yes, I did report to Google and also to Shopify.

 

Gill Billington

10 Days Ago

I have found two of mine so far. This the whois data. I know you should send a DMCA to the host but there is so much information on this page I'm not sure where to send it. Who is the host, Is it to GoDaddy?

https://www.whois.com/whois/moretees.com

 

That is funny with the watermark :)

Skanky looking website, I can't imagine they get much business. Anytime I find a company soliciting money using my images I send them a DMCA.

 

Sally Trace

10 Days Ago

They are with Shopify Gill. Here is the report page: https://www.shopify.com/legal/dmca

 

Sally Trace

10 Days Ago

Yes it is Carlin. I've joined some Shopify groups on Facebook, and there are so many who discuss putting up a quick site and then they do heavy advertising on Facebook or Google. I actually bought something from seeing a facebook ad once, it was a handheld accupressure device for joint pain relief...they caught me in a weak moment I guess. The item was OK but it came from China and I could have gotten it on Amazon for half the price. Anyway it's a trend now...buy a bunch of stuff on alibaba, throw together a shopify site and design a really good facebook ad so that all of the comments happen before the items get received by the buyers. But yeah this t shirt site is bad looking. I can't believe they used my name in the Google shopping ad.

 

Gill Billington

10 Days Ago

Thanks Sally but I don't use Shopify and don't understand how I find that company there or how I see what is being sold there. That page contains the DMCA notice but it is all about joining them to sell.

 

Sally Trace

10 Days Ago

Gill, just scroll down and fill out the forms. You don't have to have an account. Be aware though that they may use your contact info in the notification to the infringer. You have to provide your name, address (I use PO box), email, phone, then copy/paste the url of the infringing page, and also where they can find your art on your site to verify that it is yours. I would think your FAA page for the art would be good for that.

https://www.shopify.com/legal/dmca

 

Michael Hoard

10 Days Ago

Hello Carlin, Sally thanks for bringing this to our attention, Gill, I did a little investigative work and I made the discovery who is the primary shipping of the merchandise, what I discovered they use a private courier and the primary buyers are from E-Bay. I am in the middle of working on projects at the moment, I would maybe check around E-Bay for this vendor......I suppose under the vendors name......from what I read the merchandise is shipped only to E-Bay preferred customers... our images lifted by this company may be found on E-Bay,

 

Gill Billington

10 Days Ago

Ok thanks Sally... just found a third one!

 

Sally Trace

10 Days Ago

I'm sorry to hear that Gill. Were they using your name too? Thanks Michael for the good sleuthing work, I will check out eBay. The last time I did a VERO with them it went very well but that was a few years ago now.

Edit to say, no luck on eBay. Gonna let it go for tonight.

 

Michael Hoard

10 Days Ago

Hello Sally, definitely follow up.....

 

Sally Trace

9 Days Ago

Thanks so much Michael, no rush at all. :)

 

Mike Savad

9 Days Ago

this is why the watermarks don't do anything. scraper bots take it and plop it down on anything.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Sally Trace

9 Days Ago

This is true Mike. For me it's important mainly because of Pinterest. Those images go off on a journey of their own, and often without the link to my site. If I don't watermark, people eventually come to assume that they are in the public domain, "up for grabs" or whatever. Watermarking helps me spend less time going down the infringement rabbithole like I did yesterday.

One thing I really do wish is that google would stop allowing scraping sites that contain malware to be indexed in Google Images. They lift the art images, put it on their scraping/malware site, tag the images to show up in Google image search and Google seems to have no problem with their users getting malware from these sites. When I search my own images, almost all of the websites using them without permission are blocked by my malware protection software for trojans or PUPs. This has really exploded in the last couple of years. Sites like yearofcleanwater. net, org or whatever, they all have weird names.

 

Roger Swezey

9 Days Ago

Sally,

RE:...MOKIKO

Your toddler's t shirt is also on this site

https://www.annamokiko.com/Sally-Trace-Toddler-T-Shirts-p30364.html

Maybe its OK

 

Edward Fielding

9 Days Ago

Watermark - the stupid scraper site will print the watermark on the shirt unlike here.

 

Sally Trace

8 Days Ago

lol Edward, no extra charge for the watermark.

Roger, thank you, I just reported that one. TWO new Google ads today taking images from FAA, offering printed products and advertising on Google using my name. The other one was a phone case.

Gill Billingham, I used this form tonight https://support.google.com/legal/contact/lr_dmca?product=google-ads&uraw=&hl=en

It seems to be specific to ads (?) I think, anyway, they did NOT ask for my address or phone, just URLs of everything. So much better.

 

Debra Angel

8 Days Ago

Thats terrible how often does this happen?

 

Gill Billington

8 Days Ago

I just sent them a message via their contact page giving them 24hrs to remove my images before I start legal action and I have received an apology and all three have be removed within two minutes!

 

Mike Savad

8 Days Ago

how often? more often than i'd like to see. always someone trying to make a buck off our work.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Edward Fielding

8 Days Ago

Xiaojialou Village, Zhangguantun, Cangxian County, China

 

Sally Trace

8 Days Ago

Gill that is excellent. Shopify took down that first one I posted. They still have 1274 pages of t shirts so no great victory but I can't ignore it when they are using my name.

Edward yes, that's the one that is still up on Google. The one that Shopify took down has a bogus partial US address that does not exist, and so is probably there too, may even be the same company. What this tells me is that these knock off companies use our names as brand marketing in China, and have not yet figured out that they can't do that on Google Shopping in the USA.

 

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