"I think the point that needs to be made is that this much more serious than an individual stealing an image. Lets get this straight; this is mass image theft which is being used in industrial scale fraud."
"Google has the power to ban these sites or push them way down the rankings.. as it stands now these sites are showing up on the first page of my Google search listings. Anyone searching for my work on Google will find these sites. They may take time to respond but until Google, Amazon, Paypal, Versign etc take concerted action against these sites they are as good as condoning fraud. Signing and sharing this petition is one way of exerting pressure.
I think Google can be pushed to act against these sites because they simply can't afford to be seen to allow obviously fraudulent sites to gain high rankings... and the best way to achieve this is to keep complaining often, loudly and to all of them. I'm sure there must be many purchasers complaining they have been ripped off by these sites and saying that Google is doing nothing to prevent it
I know someone who was ripped off by one of these sites.. Google is encouraging the perception that many well known products can be brought at a fraction of their normal price... by giving fraudulent sites selling fake (and non existent) goods the same status in their listings as suppliers of genuine goods.
If I was Canon, Sony, Amazon or any major online retailer or legit major manufacturer I would be totally outraged by Googles stance on this. These major firms are paying millions for position on Google... and I for one am grateful that artists outraged by their images being stolen are intent on raising awareness of this. I am surprised that online retailers aren't already jumping up and down about this..
I simply don't buy that Google can't do anything about these sites.. if I get one keyword wrong on my site I'm told my site will plummet down the rankings."
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