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## getty images coppy right license validation

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  1. pandatech

    pandatech Newbie

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    Hi
    I am freelancer web designer

    i created website for a client used image from google after 4 month i got an mail letter from gettyimages sent to business mail, it told that i used pic ( small image in website menu) without permission and they asked me about validation licence for that

    what can i do , i dont have any contract with the client , and also i dont have licence for my freelance company

    please if any one hd this issue befor share you experience with us

    Thank you
     
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    I would think that it is your client's responsibility as far as Getty is concerned.

    That said I'm sure they will have recourse to you.

    Why the hell didn't you pay for an image?
     
  3. nu2000

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    Not mention about license.

    But Gettyimages offer web creators to embed their photos , just click </> sign on each photo, you'll get the iframe code to insert into your posts.
     
  4. pandatech

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    I am a freelancer with no address i am working from home

    The pictures was really very small dosnt have that big value, i have been in the business almost 7 years and i never got an issue like that

    This an example of picture was used and specific web page menu
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    97px X 97 px

    Any way i know it was mistake but should i give a value to issue like that , im thinking about ignore theme, they are working with Anthony that cost at least $300/h plus court fees $400 , like really they can make an issue with that kind of picture


    That do you think guys !!!
     
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    Of course it can be an issue, their intellectual property over those images is their entire business. If you're going to use copyrighted images as least don't use them from big stock image providers that would actually care to follow up on it (because their whole business depends on people paying for the rights to use the images). If it was me I'd probably just remove the images and see if they drop it or maybe try to get someone with a getty images account to use their info to validate your licensing.
     
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    Buy the image or use a different (totally free) image. Simple.
    Or if your feeling brave (and stupid) tell Getty to stick it.
     
  7. pandatech

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    Thank you for the response guys

    I don't wanna give theme the middle finger, i can do that but i just wanna think professionally, with out any problem, here is in US the copy rights are very protected and i dont wanna have any kind of problem

    i just need to hear some experience with this kind of image copy right in us

    Thank you again
     
  8. nnahlee

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    use free images
     
  9. LoftPower

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    Let this be a lesson learned. Change it if you can and pay for images from now on.
     
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  11. pandatech

    pandatech Newbie

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    Thank you guys for you kindly help

    I just wana update you that they sent a bills for 550 dollars for the last picture and talking about more pictures in the website

    Pfffff im really so nerveuse
     
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    Holy crap. $550 for a picture of coffee?

    :/ Jeeze OP. Isn't there a way for you to edit the site, so that you can replace the pics you used with free ones? There are plenty of high quality stock image websites that allow you to use their pics for commercial services. Those are the websites I use. I've never paid for a stock image ever. There are too many places I can actually get license to use them for free.

    And where is the owner? Why can't you contact them? By chance, did you put the website in your name when you set it up? Or is the domain registered in your name? I'm not understanding why they're coming after you, and not the owner.
     
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    You may want to refrain from saying Pfffff in your reply.
     
  14. Tiddlywink19

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    I have never personally received a letter. I use, at least to my knowledge, royalty-free photos that are literally the same quality as stock. Maybe not as much variety, but that's fine, I am not making websites for fortune 500 companies.

    However, if one of those images or image that isn't mine etc., is used I make sure the website falls under fair use and if it doesn't I don't use it.

    Usually companies send cease and desist first so you have a chance to take it down. I guess Getty is not one of them.

    I would still take it down and say it was a mistake in a very nice letter.

    They have so many effing images and I am sure legal threats, they would be losing money going after $500 and trying to actually prove it in court. So just tell the owner to take it down, send an apology letter, try not to do it again. And relax for real.