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Anyone Ever Received Letter From Getty Images?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by marketer14, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. marketer14

    marketer14 Regular Member

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    I just got a letter from Getty Images demanding payment of $180 for an image of theirs I have used on my site. I didn't even know the image was from them. I took it off of my site immediately. I want to know if they can force me to pay them after I took it off of my site. I don't want to get sued so should I just pay them?
     
  2. orlandolongwood

    orlandolongwood Junior Member

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    I have known several people who have crossed getty images. If it was a non-commercial site, plead poverty and ask for forgiveness. If you were selling shit (as opposed to just an adwords site) you may want to consider ponying up. They have taken several website owners and web dev agencies to court here in Austin.

    Where did you get the photo? If you say "Google Images" then :duh:
     
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    I got one, took the images down and ignored them. Never heard from them again, but it might be because I'm north of the boarder that they didn't pursue it.
     
  4. marketer14

    marketer14 Regular Member

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    Yeah, it's a non-commercial site. I just run a travel site that is not even a year old. I don't have tons of traffic. I'll respond apologizing, let them know I didn't know it was theirs, and deleted it immediately. Hopefully that is good enough.
     
  5. KabanaSoft

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    a few years ago i got one of these letters from getty images for one of the websites i had designed...it was actually for an image that a company i was working with had sent to me and said i could add to my site (apparently they had bought rights to the image)...but since i was the admin on the site i got the letter.

    It was a pretty nasty letter demanding $1500 for the image or they would take legal action...so I talked to a lawyer who advised me to just take the image down immediately and don't respond to the letter.

    Never heard anything back from them. Not sure if this is the best course of action to recommend but it worked for me...as long as you take it down i doubt they will waste the time coming after you.
     
  6. marketer14

    marketer14 Regular Member

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    Thanks. Good to know they didn't pursue it with you.
     
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    It would cost them too much to pursue you, just take the image down.
     
  8. cashfusion

    cashfusion BANNED BANNED

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    ive gotten them multiple times, just change website and do it again, if domain needs to be up just get istockphotos
     
  9. brkseven

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    I'm guessing that in court they would have to prove the damages before being awarded any compensation. That's pretty tough to do.

    From another point of view, you can't have benefited that much from the image as you are not earning anything from the site.

    They can afford scare tactics and even start legal proceedings just to make you cave in.

    However, for $180 it seems unlikely that they would go after you if you aplogize and take it down immediately (as you already did).

    I really have no experience or legal knowledge, but common sense tells me that that's what I would probably do if I were in your shoes.
     
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    I have a client in Chicago (physician's Malpractice Insurance) that was really worried about being sued by Getty.
     
  11. NeoPat

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    For $180 they wont come breaking your door down, for them to start something like that it will cost them more to initiate it compared to how much you owe them trust me. Dont be scared at all, the easiest option and only option for them would either be to use scare tactics as mentioned to make you cave in. They are a big company and when a letter comes in from them demanding money or more charges will be incurred, it usually makes you poo your pants. Or they can pass the debt onto a debt agency. Again i doubt a debt agency would take it on, on the basis that they wont make much out of it after you take away expenses and costs chasing the debt up, court applications etc.
    Only time a company like getty will probably budge, is when you owe them $18,000 as compared to $180. Seriously read up on your rights, companies left right and center now lean and pressure customers to give payment, even when the company is at fault. The pressurising and constant hounding for a payment, increasing the debt, to an extent is against a lot of rules and regulations, but because consumers trust the companies, the companies aim to exploit it. Again, big brand companies and organisations do this, be aware of your rights, because i have come across cases where companies were hounding a consumer day and night for payments they couldnt make. After i told them the rights and wrongs, the consumer then had a way to respond to these companies and after having a go at the advisor about how the company was breaching their consumer rights, rules and regulations, most of the companies never called back.
     
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    stelios0 Junior Member

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    Great stuff over here.But i got a question.
    How do they find out that you just lured a picture and uploaded to your website?
    ty
     
  13. iiaok

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    Logic is normally the best approach, but not 100% foolproof!

    It wouldn't make sense to take you to even small claims for $180. You'll be fine.
     
  14. marketer14

    marketer14 Regular Member

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    I put that image up July of last year, right around when I started the site so I wasn't making anything with adsense back then. I wasn't using the image to make any money so hopefully I'll be ok. Thanks all for your input.