For those seeking ‘copyright’ on their work, Online Investigations Pty Ltd, your preferred Private Investigator Melbourne, warns readers about the website http://www.copyright-australia.com.
In Australia, it is important to understand there is no requirement to register your copyright work as this is automatic upon creation of your manuscript or artwork.
However, it has been bought to our attention that the website copyright-australia.com purports to be a “specialized service of high quality in registering, storage and protection of creative work.”
In order to ‘copyright’ your work, the site requests an initial payment of $49 – $199 with annual follow up invoices received requesting further payment.
If follow up payment is not made threats of legal action begin relentlessly.
With several complaints being sent to us about this site, we decided to take a closer look at how it works and who is behind it all.
Located under the Terms and Conditions of the website, it lists the owner of the business as a company located in France.
Copyright-Australia.com is a service of OBJECTIVE CONCEPT Inc.
RCS PARIS B 500 790 910
91 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore 75008 PARIS
Email : contact@Copyright-Australia.com WebSite : www.Copyright-Australia.com
Searches of Australian company records did not locate any similar named company who are registered in Australia.
The company does claim to have an Australia base though, with their listed phone number and address provided as:
+61 280 155 722
Level 19, 1 O’Connell Street,
These premises are used as serviced and virtual offices by Compass Offices. These type of services allow users to give the appearance of having an Sydney CBD location, however in reality they can be operating from anywhere in the world.
Taking a surface level approach to this – this company is based internationally, has no true physical presence in Australia yet are offering to assist you with your legal issues here?
With this in mind, more red flags can also be spotted simply by looking at the terminology and content on their website which clearly has been published for an international audience. Located under their FAQ’s page for example:
- Use of American English spelling for terms such as ‘”specialized”;
- Use of the term bailiff in relation to intellectual property
- Use of the Euro instead of the Dollar 9.90€
- Use of the term V.A.T instead of the Australian based GST system.
Unfortunately, despite the significant number of red flags when considering utilising the services of this business, what is even more concerning are the aggressive and relentless emails which users are sent if they fail to renew their ‘annual’ fee.
From: Jane Carter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, 3 April 2018 7:35 PM
Subject: Payment order The legal process against you has been initiated, to recover the amount of the invoice owed
Order to pay: Legal proceedings are initiated against you!
>> Click here to pay your bill and stop the proceedings <<
Despite several reminders and warnings, it seems that you have ignored our calls for an amicable solution to pay your bill.
That’s why we initiated the legal proceedings allowing us to recover the funds by the judiciary. This procedure will generate costs much higher than the amount due and you will bear the costs, therefore we advise to take care of the issue.
You can stop the legal proceedings that just started by paying your bill of 149 AUD.
We strongly encourage you to pay your bill immediately by clicking here, in order to stop the proceedings.
As soon as you have paid your bill, the access to your online account will be reactivated.
Without immediate and effective payment by you, it will no longer be possible to stop the legal proceedings against you and the outstanding amount will increase by the costs related to this action (which are very expensive).
We strongly recommend to accept this offer.
The legal department,
Confidentiality note :
This message and any supporting information is confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, please be notified that disclosing or making use of the contents without permission is prohibited. If you receive this message erroneously, please contact us immediately and delete the e-mail from your system. Rif. D.L. 196/2003
This type of aggressive email is sent nearly every day and in some instances the emails simply roll over again demanding renewal fees. No action is ever taken.
We do not recommend using this site as an Australian seeking copyright protection. There is no requirement to obtain third party services in order to gain copyright for your personal work.
This has been an investigation by Online Investigations Pty Ltd, your preferred Private Investigator Melbourne.