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anyone received a Getty Images Warning letter?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tony20, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. tony20

    tony20 Power Member

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    got mine. one image on my site. they want $3000 for it. do I have to pay it?
     
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    kaylanewett Power Member

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    A few words of wisdom. Ignore those scumbags. Just google Getty Images Scam and you'll find your answer on whether to pay them or not.
     
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    They are relying on a numbers game. If they send out 10,000 demand letters, asking for $3,000 each, and only 100 pay, that?s $300,000. They must also prove damages, which will be VERY VERY difficult to do in court. Getty could be in violation of the Fair Debt Practices Act, which stipulates that under no circumstances can a debt collector threaten a lawsuit when they have no intention of filing one. To date, no one single lawsuit has been filed by these retards. My advice is to tell them to take their demand letter and shove it up their ass.
     
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    ipodtouchhackerisher Senior Member

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    Hah no they are a joke just change out your images.
     
  5. phil7346

    phil7346 Registered Member

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    I'd take the image down and ignore the letter. AFAIK they don't persist far after the image is removed.
     
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    Techxan Elite Member

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    If Getty images caught you using their images, you will have to pay. They are very aggressive about this.
     
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    buy jr vip membership here, that will protect you.
     
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    Haha what a business model they have..
     
  9. tony20

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    how's that then?
     
  10. tony20

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    thanks for the reply's.

    I searched google, just clicked on a couple of sites near the top and everyone seems to be scared of them :(. what a bunch of jokers, 1 small image $3000.

    the image has been on the site for 6 years. it was put on there by the previous owner.
     
  11. MadStacks

    MadStacks BANNED BANNED

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    Do not worry unless you get this threat in your mail box :D
     
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    Sounds like an online version of patent trolling.
    If their letter says "Pay us $3k now", maybe what they meant to say is "Take down the image or you'll owe us $3k", and I think the latter is indeed how you should interpret their 'demand'.
     
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    You better ask them if you want me to remove this image, Just Give me 3000$ . That will do it.
     
  14. th0m4s

    th0m4s Regular Member

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    Take the image down and ignore the notice or say a designer said you had rights to the image...
     
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    delete the pic and move on. why need to pay $3k unless u keep the pic and threatening them u wont take it down. its the proper norms of a dmca notice.
     
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    Made my day :)

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  17. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    I am not a lawyer but:

    Change/delete the image and delete the notification. Do not reply to it.

    If they persist and send more formal demands to your home/office then at that stage you should speak to a lawyer.

    Ignore a lot of the stupid advice in this thread like "tell them it will be $3000 to remove it". Also - do NOT pay them the $3000 (as someone else suggested) before consulting a lawyer.
     
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    This is the correct thing to do.
     
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    This is correct. Just delete it and hope it goes away. And then if it does not consult your lawyer and DO NOT pay them money
    because scammers send bogus emails to people like yourself demanding money. So definitely make sure it is a legit threat.
     
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    zacamore Registered Member

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    I second this. Getty have always been a-holes regarding 'rights' over their images. When I used to work for a media agency we stopped using their image 'services' because if you put one foot wrong you would end up in deep water.