Crash issue 1Have you noticed that magazine scan DVD sellers seem to be breeding on eBay?  We have and are really getting sick of it all.  These magazines remain copyrighted to the original publisher, whether they are still around or not, and they are definitely not “public domain” as one seller has laughably stated.  The real kick here is that these scans are not even the work of these sellers and the majority of them were done by Mort at his own website at Zzap Zzuperstore and can also be found hosted around various magazine preservation websites for free.  So with the only cost being the blank DVDs, these sellers are making between £5.00 and even up to £30.00 profit on each auction.

Well, we think enough is enough and it’s time to hit back.  Remember, these people have no permission to sell these scans and don’t even have permission from the person who scanned them.  I’ve already reported around 30 auctions from four different sellers.  Yes, 30 auctions from 4 sellers.  However, we all know that this is just the start. eBay may ignore this as a one off and just warn the seller.  That’s where you come in.  If you were a huge fan of these magazines then you owe it to yourself to report these copyrighted infringing auctions, again and again. 

Sega Force issue 1To make reporting the auctions that little bit easier I have included their user ids, links to their auctions and example reporting descriptions.

eBay has a long winded reporting system, but don’t let that put you off.  Here’s what I’ve been reporting these DVDs as, but feel free to use your own method.  To help the cause, feel free to send this announcement on to like minded people.

Report Item -> Counterfeit and breaches copyright -> Bootleg and counterfeit media -> Media on Recordable formats (CD-R, DVD-R, VHS tape, etc.)

Brief Description:

  • Mags remain copyright of Newsfield Publications. Seller has no permission to sell scans.
  • Mags remain copyright of www.emap.com. Seller has no permission to sell scans.
  • Mags remain copyright of Future Publishing-www.futureplc.com. Seller has no permission to sell scan
  • Mags remain copyright of Dennis Publishing-www.dennis.co.uk  Seller has no permission to sell scans.
  • Mags remain copyright of original owners. Seller has no permission to sell scans.
  • All media on these DVDs remain copyright of original owners. Auction infringes ebay policies.

eBay scans DVD sellers. Here they are, named and shamed:

catherinesutton ( 176)   http://shop.ebay.co.uk/catherinesutton/m.html
List of items currently selling (at time of writing):

  • ZZAP!64 Complete 90 issue set on DVD
  • Sega Force magazine collection all issues on DVD
  • Mean Machines Sega Complete 53 issue set on DVD
  • Crash Magazine Complete 98 issue set on DVD
  • Mean Machines Magazine Complete 24 issue set on DVD
  • Mean Machines Magazine Complete 24 issue set on DVD

 

sveta025 ( 33)   http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQsassZsveta025QQhtZ-1
List of items currently selling (at time of writing):

  • SUPER PLAY + N-FORCE +SNES FORCE MAGAZINES DVD COMPLETE
  • CVG COMPUTER AND VIDEO GAMES MAGAZINE DVD
  • SEGA FORCE MEGA MASTER VISIONS MAGAZINES COMPLETE DVD
  • ZERO VIDEO GAMES MAGAZINE DVD COMPLETE ALL ISSUES MAGZ
  • ACE ADVANCED COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE DVD MAGZ
  • MEAN MACHINES MM SEGA MAGAZINES DVD COMPLETE ALL ISSUES
  • NINTENDO POWER 1-145 FUN CLUB NEWS MAGAZINES 2 DVD
  • SINCLAIR ZX-SPECTRUM ENCYCL. ULTIMATE COLLECTION 20 DVD
  • COMMODORE C64 ULTIMATE ENCYCLOPEDIA 30 DVD COLLECTION

 

fpap1 ( 549)   http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/RETRO-GAMERS-GARAGE
List of items currently selling (at time of writing):

  • Your Commodore & Commodore World Mag collection DVD
  • Mean Machines + MM SEGA + The Games Machine C64/128 DVD
  • NEW CVG COMPUTER & VIDEO GAMES 1-126 EXCLUSIVE EXTRAS
  • AHOY ! Commodore 64/128 Amiga COMPLETE Magazine DVD
  • Compute! Gazette COMPLETE Magazine Collection 2 DVD C64
  • RUN Commodore 64 / 128 Magazine Complete Collection DVD
  • Commodore Format + Commodore Disk User Collection DVD
  • Compute! Magazine Collection 4 DVD C64 – Apple II
  • The One + Games Machine + Raze mags on DVD + Coverdisks
  • Sinclair Spectrum ZX Ultimate Collection – 7 DVD’s
  • Commodore User + Micro Adventurer collection C64 DVD
  • COMPLETE CRASH Magazine DVD – Spectrum – ZX – Sinclair
  • COMPLETE Sinclair User Magazine DVD – ZX Spectrum
  • ACE MAGAZINE + COVER TAPES inc No 1 + EXCLUSIVE MUSIC
  • ZERO + The Games Machine DVD – PC – Atari ST – Amiga
  • Commodore Magazine + Big K + Micro Adventurer C64 Amiga
  • CU Amiga Magazine COMPLETE Collection 2 DVD
  • ALL NINTENDO POWER + N FORCE + SNES FORCE Magazines DVD
  • COMPLETE Your Sinclair Magazine DVD – ZX Spectrum
  • Zzap! 64 COMPLETE + Commodore Horizons Collection DVD

 

lynnanne12374 ( 1000)  http://shop.ebay.co.uk/lynnanne12374/m.html
List of items currently selling (at time of writing):

  • Sega Force, Mega & Master Force Magazine – ALL ISSUES!
  • Zzap!64 Commodore C64 Magazine – ALL ISSUES! ZZAP 64
  • Crash Sinclair ZX Spectrum Magazine – ALL ISSUES!
  • ALL Amstrad Computer User & CPC Attack Magazine on DVD
  • Nintendo N-Force & SNES-Force Magazine – ALL ISSUES!
  • Your Commodore & Your 64 Magazine – ALL ISSUES! 2xDVD

Good luck, everyone, and spread the word.

EDIT: meppi, over at Out-of-Print Archive, has a quick way to report up to 10 listings at a time:

To make it a bit easier you can use these numbers for the above autions:

110510119070, 110510125020, 110519895291, 110519890332, 110510122909, 110521034947, 110522142686, 110522145077

250607170950, 250607171200, 250607171502, 250607172047, 250607172519, 250607172973, 250610003854, 250610445863, 250617133936

190382661307, 200452958522, 200455016514, 200455626960, 200460217312, 190388199101, 200460219179, 200460225325, 200460228615, 200460815764, 200461632603, 190389210276, 200461634463, 200461634537, 190389445528, 190389866039, 200462585276, 190390210730, 200463415978
They can be reported in a batch of 10 at a time.

To report them, got to an item in question and on the righthand side underneath the seller info and other item info box you’ll find a “report item” link.
Click it and choose:

Counterfeits and breach of copyright

bootlegs and counterfeit media

unauthorized copies of printed materials

Then hit continue.
Fill in the numbers (max. 10 at a time)

And in the brief description section write something along the lines of: “Copyright infringement of video game magazines without the publishers authorization”

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2 Responses to “Support magazine preservation projects, not eBay scammers”

  1. kt sleet says:

    That’s all very well but in the grand scheme of things removal of auctions does not solve the problem. Truth be known, exactly 84% of my sales in March came via the website, on a good day perhaps 20/25 discs. It is surprising the lengths people will go to to route out a seller. Yet it is just as surprising the lengths we go to in order to make a living.

    Good article though.

  2. Nreive says:

    Hi kt sleet, if that is your real name or even username.

    Let’s not beat about the bush, this is theft, plain and simple. You’re copying other people’s work, which is available free from most magazine preservation websites, to “make a living” as you put it – nearly 100% profit to yourself.

    You’re quite right in saying that removal of auctions does not solve the problem, but this is just the beginning, we have a lot more “lengths” to go to in the future.

    Oh, and you say this is a “problem”, so you admit yourself that it is a problem like vermin scavenging around a tipped bin for disgarded and decayed food. They say the first road to recovery is admitting you have a problem, so well done there.

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