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Crazy copyright demands

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jimbobo2779, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. jimbobo2779

    jimbobo2779 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I have a website that is virtually totally whitehat and it is a portal for people to advertise their camping properties and camping equipment for hire / sale. One of the listings had an image that was copyrighted to another website.

    They sent me an email asking I take it down on 2nd Aug, I did not see this, then on the 9th sent a further letter requesting £7482 or £3000 out of court based on it being up for 4.3 years and me refusing to take it down.

    Now on the 27th Aug I receive a letter stating the same as the first email, this is the first I heard of all this (been having major server issues) and I will receive the demand for payment by mail sometime soon also.

    The claim is for a single image on my site based on some journalist fee scheme on some website of about £580 for the image for a year x 4.3 years. Apparently the courts will double the amount due to no permission given and then add 50% because I "refused" to take it down.

    My website has only been up for 3 years and the image was uploaded only 2 years ago. I took the image down as soon as I received the letter, they did not try to email the email address in the whois information and the letter is from the website owner and not a solicitor.

    Are their demands reasonable? As I work it out based on their pricing scheme for journalistic images I could have to pay out about £3000 if it goes to court plus costs plus solicitors fees.

    I have tried bringing this up on a legal advice forum but they are being slow to reply, I know I can trust you guys to answer pretty quick on these matters :)

    Anyone have any experience in these things? I mean if this holds water surely I could sue rapidshare for about £100k for them hosting my files illegaly but I know I could never get it to hold up in court, can these people really take me to court over one image that was taken down within a month of their first notice?
     
  2. gulfcoastatyaho0

    gulfcoastatyaho0 Junior Member

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    I agree its getting tougher and tougher