I've received nasty letters from a company called "License Compliance Services" which is owned by Getty Images (they are trying to look independent). They've sent me a bunch of letters all with legal threats and saying that if I don't pay $800 now then there will be legal repercussions etc etc....it's extortion and it's really really bad. It's an appalling way to do business. Let me explain their 'business model'....they (LCS Global and another bunch of idiots in a company called '500px') invite professional photographers to copyright their images and they (LCS Global) will go ahead and then launch bots to find their copyrighted images. Obviously it's in the interest of the photographer to plant their images all over the web hoping to snare someone to "commit crime" and then be hounded by Getty Images. My crime? An image - is apparently - under copyright? Really?? No DMCA, just straight-up - pay $800 or legal issues. What if the image was sourced from a resource that looked legit? Then what? I'll happily fight them all the way for various reasons and I'm going to demand to see the agreement that they have with the 'photographer' etc etc. Long story short - these guys are really crooks. All was required was a simple DMCA, take it down, and move on - the immediate demand for money without any evidence aside from some shitty screenshot is appalling. I've got a pair of balls and I'll fight them back but imagine all those mom and pop type of online businesses and other people that might feel intimidated and pay up. It's a classic move - fear people out with 'legal threats' and legal jargon and scare them into paying. It's total bullshit. It's really bad. Thoughts? Has anyone else be hounded by these idiots?