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Offline Pellinore

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Acsearch and its problems
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:13:54 PM »
Just received a message from Acsearch stating that a number of large auction houses pulled their copyright photos from the service.
I rarely use acsearch, because there are services without charge that offer the same research possibilities.
Does anybody has an opinion on this?

Here's the complete email:

Unfortunately, we must inform you that we have deactivated all auction images of the following Auction Houses for German and Austrian users:

For German users:
- Fritz Rudolf K├╝nker GmbH & Co. KG
- Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger
- Gorny & Mosch Giessener M├╝nzhandlung
- Numismatik Lanz

For Austrian users:
- Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH

The abovementioned auction houses have called upon to remove their data from Unfortunately, requests for an amicable settlement have been blocked.

Timing and the way of proceeding lead us to assume a coordinated effort by those companies, aiming to drive out of the market.

We always try to consider the concerns of our partners among Auction Houses. We are, however, first and foremost committed to the interests of and its users. To avoid any legal risks, but ex gratia, we have decided to only follow the request where rights may be concerned. The auction images of those companies have therefore been deactivated for German and/or Austrian users.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,
your team

Offline Figleaf

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Re: Acsearch and its problems
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 06:43:28 PM »
Thanks for posting the names of those companies.

Some time ago, I contacted the late Michel Prieur for permission to use a photo from CGB. His answer came down to: anyone can use any of our pictures without asking. Who would you rather buy coins from?

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.