Protect Artists Businesses from Fraudsters
  • Petitioned European and USA Government internet fraud agencies

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European and USA Government internet fraud agencies

Protect Artists Businesses from Fraudsters

    1. Beth Edwards
    2. Petition by

      Beth Edwards

      Sale, United Kingdom

For many people from the arts, online revenue is a large part of our businesses.

A huge amount of sites are springing up using our details, and images stolen from Google and large sites, and used for phishing and fraud.

(I have removed the http's and the dot coms.  They do not need more people linking to them)

h.toolshomes
desktop.toolshomes
video.toolscameras
audio.toolscameras
gps.toolscameras
www.toolscameras
www.totodeal
kitchendini
umbrellahi
first.winbootsugg
gardeningbin
ear.goodsvideo
co.goodsvideo
fan.audiogoshop
digi.audiogoshop
elk.audiogoshop
one.audiogoshop
canon.audiogoshop
intel.audiogoshop
fall.goodsvideo
dog.goodsvideo

and many, many more springing up every month and these will be affecting our economies.

Not only are these sites breaking basic laws of the land but, they are also stealing our livelihoods.

When an image or advert appears on one of these sites, they are adding our name to fraud and they are also stealing money from would be buyers of our work.

These sites are a blot on the landscape and are dragging our names, and that of companies like PayPal, McAfee and Verisign, (whose logos they use), into disrepute.

We know that you are already working hard to stop copyright thefts and we ask that you look into these companies and close them down immediately, along with any other sites like them.

Elizabeth Edwards Founder | CEO 1stAngel Arts Magazine http://1stangel.co.uk

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Here is just one artist's views...

"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."

http://andymercer.blogspot.co.uk/

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. 828 Signatures so far - Thank you

      Beth Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      To date we have 828 signatures on our petition http://www.change.org/petitions/protect-artists-businesses-from-fraudsters

      I have added a statement by an artist on the main page. He explains why this is so important and why it is Google's responsibility to join in.

      We need you to share this petition. You need us to share the petition. This is not going to go away on its own and 828 signatures will not change anything.

      We have found another 10 sites since we started this petition. All using artists images and defrauding people using them. It is ours this time but, tomorrow, it will be yours.

      Thank you for signing but now is the time for concerted action.

      SHARE THIS CAUSE http://www.change.org/petitions/protect-artists-businesses-from-fraudsters

      Thank you

      Elizabeth Edwards
      Founder and CEO 1stAngel Arts Magazine
      http://1stangel.co.uk

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. We have 381 Signatures so far but we need far more!

      Beth Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      I am writing to you to ask for a mad influx of shares please. http://www.change.org/petitions/protect-artists-businesses-from-fraudsters

      The more people we can get to sign this, the more likely we are to be listened to.

      We would like to send this to various companies (Google, Yahoo etc) plus the government agencies dealing with internet fraud, by the end of this week.

      Please share with every artist you know and THANK YOU FOR VOTING!!!!

      Beth

    5. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Justin Tierney WEST HAVEN, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      Justin Tierney

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    • Robin EL-Hachem MARLBORO, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I don't like people stealing my art.

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    • Mary Schmeelke CLIFTON PARK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      ANTI-FRAUD

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    • Dolly Mohr ORLANDO, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I've seen my work "for sale" (at huge discount!) on several of these sites, and have a lot of trouble getting it removed, even with cease and desist letters! :(

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    • Christina Pacillo BATTLE CREEK, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I have seen the devastation that stolen work does to a person. I have even experienced it at the high school level. I do not wish to live in fear that my original works will be stolen for some low life's gain. Artists need their rights protected at all costs.

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