I finally got resolution from ebay yesterday about the copies of my work on ebay. Yay! Now I can relax. And I can list my paintings on ebay without worrying that someone will copy them 2 days later, and list them right next to mine!
Ebay removed the auctions, and said they notified the seller, offered her online training on copyright laws, told her not to do it again, and the best part is, the participating bidders were notified also. Second offenses get more severe consequences. Also, once they have your signature on file, they allow you to sign up for their Vero program, meaning if you see copies of your work on there again, you can report it online and it will be removed very quickly.
If you see your copied work on ebay, go to this link, scroll down, and click on the NOCI form link. Fill it out and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. They needed me to send a physical signature, so I printed the form, signed it, took a photo on the ipad, and emailed them the jpgs. That worked.
For artists reading this blog….learn copyright rules so you recognize when someone is illegally copying your work. I am still not 100% sure how much of another person’s work you can use without infringing on their copyright, but I think it’s not very much. This site says about 10% can be copied.
Most stuff I’ve read on the internet says the final decision would need to be made in court. They all pretty much recommend not using another person’s work at all without their permission, to avoid these issues. And here I want to say how much I appreciate the photographers that allow me to use their photos…what a blessing! Thank you, thank you, thank you…….