Stolen Trooper Photos on ebay

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by AnsonJames, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. AnsonJames

    AnsonJames Sr Member

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    I've just seen a helmet on ebay which is being sold as a movie - fx but has photos of a Gino helmet.
    Both of the pictures come from Jez's site in the Gino section in fan made helmets.
    There are also three pictures also of a very soft looking and totally different movie - fx helmet.
    This guy is obviously trying to rip people off. Mods would it be okay to post a link to the auction?
    I think the Gino helmet pictured belongs to a member here.











    Edited for speelling.
     
  2. Star Wars Helmets

    Star Wars Helmets Sr Member

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    Its a pain when this happens. I specifically state on my site that pics are NOT to be copied for auctions (since its clear that if they're stealing pics they dont have the actual helmet themselves).

    If you pm me the details I'll contact ebay's "Picture Theft" people

    Cheers

    jez
     
  3. Jedirick

    Jedirick Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Any auction reasonably suspected to be bogus can be posted.
     
  4. Keith

    Keith Sr Member

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    Some of them are pics that i took of my helmet.

    Keith.
     
  5. Jedirick

    Jedirick Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Does that mean it's your auction or that your pics were used as well?
     
  6. Keith

    Keith Sr Member

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    No, just the pictures. Looking at them again, only one of the pictures is one that i took of one of my crprops helmets.
    I think the other crprops helmet is a picture of board member rebel scum's helmet before it was fully finished.

    He got them from Jez's site.

    Keith.
     
  7. NEKROFANATIC

    NEKROFANATIC Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    hehe ;)
     
  8. Gilmortar

    Gilmortar Sr Member

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    have you tried changing that photos url Jez? Can they hotlink pics on ebay auctions? If they are just hotlinking that pic then just put something in it that says, "I'm a hotlinking nut f***er and i dont really have this helmet, cuz i stole the pics from starwarshelmets.com" and then it will show up like that on their ebay auction...
     
  9. Stormtrooper

    Stormtrooper Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately the auction in question is using eBay's own image-hosting service... the guy has copied the pics from Jez's site of Keith and Rebel Scum's CRPROPS helmets, then uploaded 'em to eBay when submitting his auction.

    I had a bit of fun last year when some lazy scumbag ripped off some DVD's I had for sale on eBay... 'cept he linked directly to *my* web-space where I had screen-caps from the DVDs.... BIG MISTAKE. :love
    I replaced one of the images with a white background image with the words "I'm a thieving scumbag who rips off other people's work" or something like that. ;)

    He didn't realise what I'd done for about 3 days (and 40-odd views) later :lol

    Cheers,
    John
     
  10. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Classic. :lol
     
  11. amish

    amish Sr Member

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    Anyone have a link??
     
  12. jeezycreezy

    jeezycreezy Well-Known Member

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    PM sent.
     
  13. amish

    amish Sr Member

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    Thanks...
     
  14. synasp

    synasp Sr Member

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    Rick already mentioned this, but it seems people aren't digesting it:

    If you suspect fraud, live auction links are allowed.

    I'd go as far as to say they're perhaps even encouraged so people don't get ripped off. I hesitate to say "fully encouraged" as that might open a flood of "Yoda toast auction not real." ;)

    So yes, please do post the auction link. From my experience with Ebay, if you report the link as having stolen pictures or otherwise against their rules, they'll usually pull it.
     
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  15. KevVader

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    ....might be a good idea to first contact a Mod with the details so they can make the call as to whether it appears fraudulent or not...no? Might reduce the number of "shoot first, ask questions later..." posts....
     
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  16. synasp

    synasp Sr Member

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    Yes, if there's any doubt it might or might not be fraudulent, PM a mod. If it's absolutely clear, then go ahead and post. If you get it wrong, just pay the winner a premium for jacking up his bid price. ;)

    (kidding, just PM a mod)
     
  17. Keith

    Keith Sr Member

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    I sent the seller a message yesterday saying he should not really be using pictures without permission and that the helmet in those pictures was worth a LOT more than the helmet he is selling.

    I got quite a long reply back, but it started with "Give me a break" and ended with "Who are you anyway?"

    I didn't send him a reply back. I don't want to talk to people like that over the internet.

    Keith.
     
  18. skyit

    skyit Well-Known Member

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    since it's a fraud selling items that are not connected with the auction pictures, the link should be posted..
     
  19. Star Wars Helmets

    Star Wars Helmets Sr Member

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    I contacted the seller on Thursday telling him that the pics were from my site and I've a disclaimer on it saying pics cant be used for auctions.

    He didnt reply so I contacted Ebay's photo theft people this morning. They usually close the auction down with 24 hours

    Cheers

    Jez
     
  20. OldKen

    OldKen Master Member

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    sweet, good work jez.

    that is really lame,

    one to use pics fom jez's site

    and 2 that he is blatently lying about a product, hope it gets shut down before some poor shmo gets what sounds like might actually be a... dare i say, FX recast? (from the sound of "FX looking but softer")

    either way, hope they do more than shut down the auction, cause he's got to know how bad what he is doing is... lame .
     
  21. Star Wars Helmets

    Star Wars Helmets Sr Member

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    Ebay pulled the auction on Saturday

    Job done.

    Cheers

    Jez
     
  22. Montagar

    Montagar Legendary Member Community Staff

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    So you obviously have a talent for this because when I had pics stolen I could not get them to do anything about it. Can you please explain exactly how you did it (what contact email address or link for ebay, how you explained it to them, etc.).

    I think that this kind of information would help many people here to fight this kind of stuff.
     
  23. Star Wars Helmets

    Star Wars Helmets Sr Member

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    Sure, no problem.

    Here's the page that I go to

    http://pages.ebay.com/help/confidence/vero...text-theft.html

    Hit the "Report" link and youre then prompted to sign in

    Enter the auction number youre reporting and then in the next section where you're supposed to report the auction the info has been copied from enter THE SAME auction number

    In the description explain the problem with a clear link to the same pic from your site, and that you've contacted them and asked to remove with no success. In addition I always mention that as hand-made items, each helmet is unique so you simply cant assume one is like another

    Hope this helps

    Cheers

    Jez
     
  24. ImprisonedFett

    ImprisonedFett New Member

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    Thanks for clearing that up Jez. I have had problems as many have with this as well. That may help us close these auctions down quicker. Bravo.
     
  25. Star Wars Helmets

    Star Wars Helmets Sr Member

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