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What is the usual fine for using a copyrighted image?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by karma05, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. karma05

    karma05 Regular Member

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    Say if you used a copyrighted image you don't have rights to use on your website, and the owner threatened you with legal action, what kind of fine would it usually be?

    Are we talking hundreds? thousands?

    I just like to know these things so I'd know what to expect.
     
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    67MAD54 Regular Member Premium Member

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    It depends on how much the copyright holder thinks they have lost out as a result I guess or how you have profited from using it.

    Google "Getty Copyright Scam". Those guys like hitting small businesses for using there members images and they normally go in at a few grand.
     
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    karma05 Regular Member

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    I hate copyright laws like this, the real truth is, the copyright owner doesn't require your money to cover so called damages, they are just opportunists taking advantage of the situation. Creeps.
     
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    Most of the time they just send a dmca take down, but you may get that one asshole who tries to sue you, and from there its one him and his lawyer both agree what they can get out of you.

    It's best to just avoid the issue and use your own content.
     
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    Loads of decent free image websites out there now.
     
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    infoasian Supreme Member

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    I would say around 3k $ is the going rate for a good copyrighted image. It's a fair price.
     
  7. karma05

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    Problem is though, I am now that person who has been emailed about using somebody's image. I made a landing page for a clickbank product, and I didn't bother to read their terms and conditions saying that I'm not allowed to use the websites images to promote their product (why the hell not by the way?).

    So now I have this email from clickbank telling me I am banned from promoting that product (even though I have made them thousands so far)

    and that the woman (I think she means the woman in the photo I used) is threatening legal action.

    I have removed the whole website.

    Does the person threatening legal action have to send a DMCA warning or whatever before I took my site down?

    And does it make any difference that I don't live in the United States?
     
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    Fair if you're a Rockefeller
     
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    The person doesn't HAVE to send a DMCA.

    I wouldn't worry about it until they actually sue you.

    Odds are they wont.
     
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    Why odds are they won't?
     
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    Sythix Senior Member

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    Are you sure it isn't a fake email from a competitor?

    No way a vendor is going to sue one of their affiliates who is making them money.

    Sounds fishy.
     
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    Just don't do it and get your own content, not worth it
     
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    You have to look at the expenses a photographer has. Some pictures take days of work with enormous costs for travel, transport, research and gear. Not to forget the education for years. For that 3k is more than reasonable.
     
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    Yeah it's from [email protected]. It's not the vendor who is threatening to sue, it sounds like it's the lady who is in the image I used (but how the hell did she even know about it?)
     
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    Well this photo I've been using is just 2 amateur pics of this women showing before and after weight loss, so I wouldn't say there was any trouble at all involved.
     
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    Totally fake bro.

    I hope you backed up your site.
     
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    no law in the land from where i come from!
     
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    How can it be fake if it's from [email protected]?
     
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    It's extremely easy to fake a sender address.

    What are the chances some chub to slim chick has a cb.com email address? I doubt it. She's just a chick in a photo, she doesn't work for clickbank.

    None of it makes sense at all.

    You are getting hosed.

    Someone is after you, probably a competitor.
     
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    But this email does appear to be asking anything of me, if it was a scam wouldn't they usually ask for my credit card or something?