Today I woke up to quite the unpleasant surprise sitting in my mail box. Almost shat a brick, would like some advice from more experienced members. A website that I had bought had a law case pending for copyright infringement dating back to a time I did not own the website (4/9/2014 all dates are made up) I had bought the website on Flippa after the copyright infringement was recorded but not filed. Had done some seo and updated it, removing all pictures because I had already heard of similar websites getting hit with lawsuits. A few months after purchasing the website I am contacted by the previous owner regarding a law case for a copyright image being used. The image had already been removed after I had taken over the website. He has forwarded me the lawyers email which states the date the copyright infringement and options to settle case. The previous owner must have gotten the email because of the contact us information page that was up during the time the infringement was noticed. The forwarded lawyer email had 4/9/2014 (copyright infringement recorded), with an image of what the website looked like during that time ( I did not own the website at this time) The date recorded for the infringement was not during my ownership and I am also not receiving any emails from the lawyer himself. I have received some emails from the previous owner telling me we both need to come up with a solution but I think he is trying to con / weasel me into helping him out with the settlement (no money will be given unless the law firm directly contacts me) He has sent me numerous emails telling me it's my fault because I was in ownership of the website when the copyright infringement was noticed (not true btw, it was noticed two months before the sale) and has resorted to some bullshit analogies to try to prove his point. The emails he sends me are constantly trying to pin this problem on me, trying to point fingers every turn he gets. He has gone as far as to tell me that he did not own the website at that date and IS ASKING ME WHO OWNED IT. He has received both emails and mails from the lawyer, but I am scared that if somehow this gets placed on me, I will lose the settlement option if this drags out for much longer. How can I mitigate liability, should I email the lawyer with proof of website purchase after copyright infringement has been recorded? (Very large NYC law firm representing Getty images) If he did not own the website during that date, than why is he getting contacted? How did the lawyer get the contact info, do they use the simple contact us page or dig much deeper? All copyright images had already been removed from website but should I take it one step further and disable the entire website? Should this be an issue I contact flippa about to cover my ass (he did sell me material that he did not have legal rights over!)? It is clear from the emails he has sent me that he is trying to bully me into paying the settlement, what and how can I prepare for this? The website is not making enough to justify a settlement, would rather give up the website than the settlement money. I have not been contacted by the lawyer which seems odd to me considering I now own the website, no visible contact information was provided on my website so that could potentially be why. If this somehow gets placed on me what is stopping me from doing the same thing he did and selling the website, transferring ownership and liability?