I received the following email from a lawyer in Germany:
Hi,I received the following email from a lawyer in Germany:Infringement of Copyright: Stanzel / Enrico Massetti (45-00110)Dear Mr. Enrico Massetti,I hereby notify you that the photographer Karl Stanzel, Meran (www.stanzel.info) has entrusted me with the representation of its legal interests in this specific matter. In my capacity as attorney I hereby verify that I am duly authorized to act in this matter.In the name and on the authority of my client I must inform you of the following state of affairs:I.My client was made aware by www.photoclaim.com that you have published a photograph taken by my client on the website under the URLhttp://www.tangoitalia.com/recipes_ice/recipe_pandoro.htm.With this act of publication you have violated the copyrights of my client.The matter in dispute relates to the photograph reproduced in this letter which you are using in breach of the copyrights, with particular reference to the moral rights, of my client.Your website has been secured by our firm to the extent necessary for use as evidence in court and will be produced by way of such evidence in the event that you should contest the claim.No agency that my client works with confirmed a license purchase from your side. Should you have a valid license, please forward us the licensing agreement. Unfortunately you didn't identify my client as the copyright owner as it would be due to any agreement.II.With the publication of the photograph you have acted in violation of the copyrights due to my client as holder of the copyright, in particular the right of distribution pursuant to section 17 of the German Copyright Act (UrhG), as well as the right to make works publicly available pursuant to section 19 a UrhG. There can be no doubt that the photograph is a copyrighted work within the meaning of the Copyright Act.You are not entitled to disseminate the photograph, as you have done in flagrant disregard of the copyrights and moral rights of my client. The appropriation of third-party photographs without the consent of the rights holder represents a violation of copyright law. At no time did my client agree to the publication of the contested photograph in its present form.The deliberate act of incorporating the photograph into your website is sufficient cause for us to assert the contested use by you of the photograph in question. ....III.To effectively rule out the risk of any recurrence, it is necessary to issue a cease and desist declaration enforced by penalty for the future.I therefore request that a declaration to cease and desist is submitted by 28 June 2016.On the last page of this letter you will find a pre-formulated declaration to cease and desist enforced by penalty, which you are at liberty to use.A jurisdiction clause is common practice that goes beyond the infringement notified. The reimbursement of damages and legal fees is a legal obligation and the placement thereof in the declaration also goes beyond the infringement notified. ...We hope that a lawsuit won't be necessary and we will help you with any questions you may have.Yours faithfully,Rechtsanwalt Robert FechnerI deleted the photo from my site, but I received the following email:Dear Sir or MadamEnrico Massetti,In the case Stanzel / Enrico Massetti I refer to the previous correspondence. In my last writing I made you aware of your infringement of my clients copyright.This infringement of my client's copyrights obliges you to pay compensation in pursuance of section 97 UrhG.By the way of license analogy, you have to pay my client the usual licensing fee. To provide a high degree of transparency, my client applies the fees of the MFM-tables (Mittelstandsgemeinschaft Foto-Marketing) that represent an industry average fee and that are taken by the German courts to determine the fair compensation of a photographer.In your case this fee is:Monolingual Subpage, 27.03.2013 – 21.06.2016 465.00€Worldwide use (+120%) 558.00€Subtotal 1.023.00€According to the law you also have to reimburse my client for the costs incurred by my involvement in this matter through the reimbursement of the business fee pursuant to no. 2300 of the remuneration schedule (VV) appended to the Lawyers' Remuneration Act (RVG), as follows:Value in dispute € 6,000Business feeSections 2, 13, RVG, no. 2300 VV RVG (sentence 1.5) € 531.00Flat rate expenses no. 7002 VV RVG € 20.00Total legal costs € 551.00I NEED ADVICE ON WHAT O DO,Thank you in advnceEnrico Massetti
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