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Topic: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: Marco_Polo
Posted 2006-02-22 05:09:38 and read 5032 times.

I am writing on behalf of a good mate of mine and a A.Net colleague, Yo Tanaka, who has one of his many photos stolen and used in aicraft die-cast models from 1:400 scale and others. I am inquring if anyone know or has contact information who this Big-Bird die-cast manufacturer is from.

Has anyone has similiar experience with the same issues?

He would like to contact and take action against them. Any help on this matter would be appreciated. The following images shows stolen photo used.

http://www.pbase.com/cpiboontum/image/56379526

http://www.pbase.com/cpiboontum/image/56379572

Cheers - Jay

Topic: RE: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: Fly-K
Posted 2006-02-22 06:36:24 and read 4988 times.

They used many a.net pix without permission.
I tried in vain to get hold of them, but you just can't track them down unless you go to China yourself. Just a typical case of Chinese copyright piracy unfortunately... report them to the WTO!

Topic: RE: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: Aviacentre
Posted 2006-02-22 07:41:17 and read 4968 times.

Yes, it could be as hard as finding a needle in a haystick in trying to track down the Big-Bird manufacturers. I believe they also produce their models, if I am not mistaken, without licenses granted by the airlines (not sure if this applies to Ansett).

Topic: RE: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: AndrewUber
Posted 2006-02-22 11:39:52 and read 4904 times.

Those viewers who complain about us watermarking our photos should see this. Maybe then they would understand why we try to protect our property, and why we get upset when other people profit from our work.  banghead 

Drew  wave 

Topic: RE: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: StealthZ
Posted 2006-02-22 12:06:39 and read 4893 times.

How about making representations to the sellers of these products in countries that do have copyright laws.

How many threats of legal action would it take them to stop? how many of them would need to stop to get the message across to the pirates that made the models.

Topic: RE: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: Fly-K
Posted 2006-02-22 13:27:39 and read 4860 times.

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 4):
How about making representations to the sellers of these products in countries that do have copyright laws.

I was in contact with a US dealer of BigBird. He understood my point but ultimately nothing happened, but then again, I got tired of pushing my case.

I wonder if one could get away with stealing the model by saying "you stole my photo, I steal your model". I'd feel tempted if I saw it somewhere!

Topic: RE: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: Marco_Polo
Posted 2006-02-22 15:52:40 and read 4797 times.

Thanks mates, I also got some info last nite that they are chinese base. It is quite sad a company like this marketing their die-cast internationally can have the guts to do such a thing. I really feel bad for this mate of mine as I also agree there is not much chance of pursuing any legitimate legal action against them since Chinese business is full of shady transactions.

One thing I don't quite understand is how they are able to take 1024x768 photos and make a packaging print and make a 3 to 4 times DPI printing size for a die-cast box of this size? They must a pre-enlarged photos to work off from.

Fergus, I know of a mate in MEL who owns the Ansett license and he is also not happy about it but apparently there is nothing he can do about it.

Konstantin, I agree with you and way too many re-sellers to make a case and point out of it. I'll take your advice and inform this mate of mine to off for now.

Thanks again for all your input mates and your responses are appreciated.

Cheers - Jay

Topic: RE: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: Eksath
Posted 2006-02-22 18:26:44 and read 4750 times.

yeah. Sorry to see the loss of your friend's work. Unfortunately there are even ways around the new "watermark feature" as a first class membership is worth it for scammers like this. This is not a small fry company and the sale of their product is heavily influenced by the nice FREE picture they used. Your friend deserved to make some $$$ on this kind of use.

You should make it known to their agents in Western countries where good copyright laws exist that this is intellectual property theft. That might be a deterent. good luck

Topic: RE: A.NET Stolen Photo Used On BIG Bird DIE-CAST
Username: AJO
Posted 2006-02-23 08:04:16 and read 4633 times.

If these models are also sold in Europe: under EU law the company that imports these models into the EU is seen as the manufacturer, so you don't have to sue in China, but in the country of the importing company.

[Edited 2006-02-23 08:04:33]


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