Getty Images has become notorious amongst many people for the practice of what has become known as the Getty Images Extortion Letter Scam.
The Getty Images Extortion Letter
Getty Images continually scans the Web for alleged infringement of image copyright of images owned by them. It then sends out a “copyright infringement letter” which contains a demand for immediate payment of “damages”.
In the opinion of many people, including many lawyers, this practice by Getty Images has very little to do with protecting copyright. The practice takes advantage of people who are unaware of their actual legal rights and assumes instant guilt in demanding the immediate payment of inflated payments for damages.
Often these payment demands have little relation to any real damage supposedly caused by the alleged “copyright infringement”.
In the opinion of many lawyers this practice constitutes bullying and is tantamount to legalized extortion.
The letter automatically presumes guilt of the recipient and also presumes Getty Images has actually been “damaged” to the financial extent of the payment demand, whether this is actually the case in practice or not.
The Getty Images extortion letter practice is encouraged by ambulance chasing lawyers who derive legal fees from their involvement in this process.
All sorts of sites have been on the receiving end of these letters from Getty Images, including charities, church and youth groups, clubs and even private bloggers.
What to do if you receive a Getty Images Extortion Letter
The best source of initial immediate legal advice is to refer to the Extortion Letter Info site at extortionletterinfo.com.
This is a site created by a group of lawyers who are exposing the truth about the Getty Images letter and how people can best deal with it.
In the vast majority of these attempts, Getty Images do everything to avoid going anywhere near a court of law. This is because of the risk that this scam will be overturned and a future precedent set against this activity.
They prefer to limit the extent of their action to sending lawyers letter threats and debt collection agency payment demands rather than risk any court judgement for individual cases.
Article written and contributed to ArticleRecorder.com by KevinWellsMarketing.com
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