Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
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First, make sure you have taken the image down to ensure you don't have any further issues or potential damages to accrue. Next, you aren't required to respond until you have something official from a court. In this case, the likelihood of a foreign company finding US counsel and filing on you for use of one image will cost them well in excessive of $1600. Further, unless there was a properly registered US copyright, they would be limited to actual damages -- likely very small considering you are running a free site.