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We were recently contacted by Copyright Enforcers about our

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We were recently contacted by Copyright Enforcers about our website's use of a photographer's photo without permission, and they are asking for a settlement at a very high cost for that one photo. I have removed the photo from the website, but I'm not sure what I should do now.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.
If I may ask, how much are they demanding that you pay them for this infringement?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your follow-up.
Are you being personally sued, or is this a business or a commercial entity that violated the copyright?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It is a commercial entity.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
we are a news website.
Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 2 years ago.
Ahh, that explains the amount requested. Typically such entities demand anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500 from commercial entities but typically limit themselves to around $750 from individuals. Here you have two choices, you can still offer to pay less and negotiate, or you can risk a suit. Bringing a suit can be expensive, and most of the time such companies do not not bother if they see you as not having any assets. But I must warn you, I have been reviewing this entity and they have a reputation for being aggressive so they may file. Furthermore, there is no statute that limits the amount they can claim as damages, or rather the statute permits them to sue for up to $100,000 per violation plus legal fees and court costs. If you believe them to be serious it may still be wise to pay them, or you can risk it and hope they do not file--your removal of the image terminates future damages but does not remove past damages for which they would still have a basis for suit.
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