I'm bringing this back up. It is absolutely of the utmost importance that you address image security. The theft I am dealing with is on an unprecedented level. You are allowing thieves to get images far too easily from your product pages. I am reporting HUNDREDS of sites per week. It is a huge time waste, not to mention, it is damaging my BUSINESS (yes, business - I'm not a hobbyist - I have a TRADEMARKED brand name and the awful copies of my artwork that include my brand name in them are devastating to my future).
I am asking for IMMEDIATE response from Amazon on this. Add watermarks, reduce the images, change the way the shirts are displayed so that they aren't "flat" images. Do SOMETHING. I don't have a specific demand. I simply BEG you to implement changes that will make it more difficult (and LESS appealing) to thieves. There will always be thieves, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do something to DECREASE the amount of theft occurring. You asked for artists to come to you... to TRUST you with our livelihoods. You have a part of the bargain to live up to. YOU MUST PROTECT OUR WORK.
I for one will NEVER upload another image to your site unless you add image protection. This isn't an empty threat. It isn't done to punish you. It is because I have a business to protect and no amount of money being paid out to me is worth the NEVER-ENDING cycle of theft I'm having to deal with.
Please AMAZON - do something to help us out here.
Digiholic commented · Jan 13 at 12:24 AM
I would vote yes but i have NO votes left.
KJ commented · Jan 13 at 02:54 PM
Out of votes, but would LOVE some help here from Amazon.
NewUser-4407aac7-42f2-42e7-b8cb-811a2faab505 commented · Jan 13 at 01:57 AM
Amazons update to this is " No current update" LOL
angelR commented · Jan 15 at 10:53 PM
I'm writing a response to Kristi, come what may.
I wrote a post yesterday tittle We Should Not Forget The facts, because of this same attitude or stance taken by kristi. As a designer with over 15 years of experience & the fact that my shirt are all from scratch, I agreed with you that Amazon should enhance the images protection so it's not so easy for people to steal the artwork. Furthermore I think the process of taking down reported copy cat & copyright infringement should be more efficient an quicker.
But what I don't agreed is this I demand!! an This isn't an empty threat!!.
1. If selling on Merch is so devastating to your future, then simply you have the power to stop this devastation. Just pull all or delete all your designs, Boom detestation stop.
2. Don't upload anything, as a matter of fact take all your toys home an said Merch I won't play with you anymore, how you like that?
3.Why don't you offer to pay for the structuring of the system out your pocket,what ever it cost until you feel you can be 100% sure that your brand will be protect.
I get the feeling you won't be offering Amazon a penny out your own pocket to fix anything. Because you got the right to demand because you are not a hobbyist and you have a trademark. Remember you requested an invitation to sell in Merch, just got head an un-invite yourself.
The printer cost $150K +, so just go home buy two or three printers setup a online platform with millions of daily hits. That will show Amazon not to move fast enough to your demand.
The point is that you don't get to demand anything from Amazon!! either go invest a few million dollars of your own money for a custom system that cater to you every need or try to give input to improved the system that has not ask a penny from you but has giving you an many others the opportunity to make an unlimited amount of money.
Hope this little post helps you see that you are no obligated to sell on Merch an that you don't have the right to demand anything that you havent pay for.
fearnottruth commented · Jan 17 at 01:29 PM
Yes, I have had many images and stolen and then used on china websites to undermine my business. This is not a demand per say, just bringing up a serious concern that is obviously hurting many sellers.
CreativeDirector commented · Jan 15 at 04:00 AM
I agree and have also sent an email to Amazon with the same concerns. Although I haven't gotten feedback yet, I am confident they will present some type of resolution soon.
NewUser-152bef9b-8cf2-47a4-bb4a-ccb84f0ed56e commented · Jan 17 at 07:30 PM
Watermarks would be terrible for sales and I doubt Amazon will do that, but the non-flat shirt image would be a good and workable solution to at least some of the mass copying.
CreativeDirector commented · 3 days ago
Sam@Amazon Leia@Amazon Oswald@Amazon
Is there any info regarding (Image Protection) yet?
Angry Ant Graphics commented · 3 days ago
The amount of image theft is horrible and it takes way too long to be taken down, only for the thief to repost a few hours later! Why don't they take these sellers down after the first violation? I read that Jeff Bezos, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Amazon reads all comments sent to him. I sent him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, but have yet to hear back.
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