I am the owner of a web site at www.LowIncome.org; The web site provides free information about low income housing, and we make money by selling ad space on the pages.
Anyways, I recently downloaded an image from a European web site (http://www.hdwallpaperstock.eu/view-john_a__roebling_suspension_bridge_and_cincinnati_skyline-1600x1200.html) that said the image was free and available to be used. So, I took the image and placed it one on our web site pages.
But now we are being sued by a guy (in the U.S.) who claims to be the owner of the image. His lawyer has sent proof showing that he owns the image, and they have also indicated that they are willing to settle out of court for a $1,800 payment.
I, obviously, did not know that the use of the image was unauthorized, as it was made easily available to download in high resolution from this European web site.
Also, my thinking is that he should first be sending me a "cease and desist
order". I am willing to comply with this order, but not willing to make any payment to him.
Here is the page on our web site that features his image:
What should I do?