I have received an email from a lawyer claiming to represent a client that is accusing me of copyright infringement, stating that I posted links to 14 of their videos on a web forum. They are seeking monetary compensation for damages or they will go possible go to litigation. What are my options?
posting links to material is not a copyright infringement, you must be copying/reproducing/displaying the copyrighted material itself in order to infringe
so unless there is more to the story i'd say they don't have a case for copyright infringement
What if they are accusing me of being the one who uploaded those files to the webhost?
if you posted/uploading the copyrighted material then that would qualify as copyright infringement
assuming you did not have permission to do so and the work was covered by copyright of course
ideally you should have an attorney represent you, but it may not be worth it depending on how much money they are demanding
its likley just a negotiation at this point and you can likely do that yourself
they are seeking around $3,500
they would be willing to negotiate down you think? I don't have that kind of money
these cases often settle for a lot less than the initial demand
But I should take it seriously? Some were suggesting they were just trying to bully me and scare me into paying
that's very hard to say
you could respond by saying you do not believe you violated their rights, and see if they keep coming after you, if they are serious then eventually they will draft a complaint and possibly show it to you to try to get a settlement
but again theres no way to predict what they will do
just don't admit any guilt
they will also have to register the copyright(s) before filing suit
Ok, so what would you suggest my next course of action be? Respond that I don't believe I have violated their rights and then what?
all you can do is respond and then perhaps give them and offer if you have to
just respond and see what they do next
alright. thanks so much for your help
sure, best of luck
Experienced in intellectual property law
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