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Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX did also use other webdesigners who might have used copyrighted images online that we were unaware of. If they do show proof that the image does belong to them then do you think a once off payment would suffice to cover the 3 (or more) websites we have created with the same image? I would like to reassure our clients a little more as I know (through reading other people experiences) that the company send quite a few threatening letters & this could make them very nervous. I was hoping that a lawyers answer would reassure as they are going to have to feel strong in their position in order to confidently ignore the threatening emails, but not sure that this will. Is there anything else you can add?
Getty Images have sent through a link showing that they do have the copyright for the image in question. As it looks like I may have infringed their copyright I felt we needed to pay. I sent them an email saying:
As the image appears on 5 different platforms a 25% discount has been given.
Please bear in mind that there is no penalty fee included/involved as the settlement demand is for the licenses of the unauthorized images used on the various websites.
Notes: The payment of this settlement demand together with your immediate cessation of use of the image (unless you have separately licensed this image for future use), including uses by your owners, directors, employees, agents, clients and/or licensees, in any and all media, will release you from any legal claims by Gallo Images and Getty Images relating solely to this identified past infringement.
I've read this loads but don't understand what they mean. Do they mean that if we pay this it will cover all websites that used the template that the image was on?
I'm willing to pay this but as I have loads more websites that had this image on it (that I removed straight away) I'm worried how many more will come out the woodwork. ie that they have kept to hammer me with once they've found the person willing to pay.
What do you think? So what should I say to them now - before paying - should I ask them... Can you confirm that if I pay Getty this settlement demand, you will send no further emails to any of our other clients who may have used the same template we provided with that image in it in the the past. Or are we at risk of having more claims coming through. Help!!
Hi there, did you see my new question. I haven't heard back from you yet. I might try a new lawyer shortly as I'm eager to get an answer soon.