The American contact seems to be authentic.
I cannot say for sure about the German contact; one can call the German Bar
Association (or email them) to confirm that this is not a scam:
Deutscher Anwalt Verein
D-10179 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49-30-726152 0
Fax: +49-30-726152 190
The German Bar's listing search engine is not finding the attorney however - see here
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1) The fact that the site was built by a contractor does not alleviate the claim of copyright infringement against the owner of the site, who is you. If the use was unauthorized, then the website's owner may be liable.
2) At the same time, the creator of the website may be pursued for indemnification
of the owner, meaning that they can be held liable by owner for whatever liability the creator put the owner in by using that unauthorized image.
3) What someone in your situation can do is (a) agree to take down the photo, (b) possibly agree to a reduced amount, and (c) pursue the creator for the costs. Actually, in one's negotiations (counsel is recommended), stating WHO created the website may be used as leverage, as the firms may be interested in knowing the source of the issue since they may be continuing to do this with other websites.
Best of luck.
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