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"On Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 4:34 AM, Jason Perales <email@example.com> wrote:Hi Chris,You are using my client's image in an article on https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/science-features/science-sunday-lunch-question-taste. We're glad that it's of use to you You can find the image at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sunday_roast_-_roast_beef_1.jpgItís not an issue at all but we would greatly appreciate it if you can give credit to our client as they have produced this image that you are using. You can simply add an image credit (by adding a clickable link) on your article to our clientís website. Since you have been using this image for quite some time now as per the date of your articleís publication, we feel that itís the right thing to do. Feel free to ask any questions that you may have.Jason PeralesContent HeadLegal Media Check
On Sunday, 30 August 2020, 10:43:27 BST, Jason Perales <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Can you please connect me to the right person if this isn't part of your department?
Thank you for replying, Chris.Can you please give image credit to Carnivore Style?Link: https:https://carnivorestyle.com/Credit Name: Carnivore StyleIt can be anywhere in the article. Just make sure that it's a clickable link.
Jason Perales <email@example.com>To: Chris SmithWed 2 Sep at 12:36Hey, feel free to let me know if you have any concerns regarding my previous email.What do you think will work best for you?
We blog a lot here on phoenixfm.com but thereís always a worry that we accidentally use an image weíre not allowed to use. You canít just lift something off Google image search Ė that person may have paid for the privilege, and weíre an impoverished community radio station with a zero budget for virtually everything. So we need to be careful.If I need various stock images, I go to one of the free stock image websites. It can be hard finding them, because the ones that Google tell you are free arenít necessarily free. You have to read a lot of small print.This morning at 11am I had an email from Alice Felix, Content Head at Legal Media Check. She said:Hi Paul,You are using my clientís image (attached below) in one of your articles (URL given). Weíre glad that itís of use to you 🙂Thereís no issue if youíve bought this from our market partners such as Shutterstock, iStock, Getty Image, Pexels, Adobe, Pixabay, Unsplash etc.,However, if you donít have the proper license for the image then we request you to provide image credits (clickable link) on your article. Or else this will be against the copyright policy.Unfortunately, removing the image isnít the solution since you have been using our image on your website for a while now.Feel free to ask any questions that you may have.Alice FelixContent HeadLegal Media CheckThis just seemed a bit weird. I Googled Alice, and it appeared that she lives in Texas, so why is she sending out messages at 5am? Also, some of the English on it just didnít seem quite right either (ďOr else this will be against the copyright policyĒ, etc). Also, for a legal letter it wasnít very aggressive, which I was grateful for, but it set a few alarm bells ringing. Also, this part at the end of her email really surprised me:Unsubscribe (link) if you donít want me to followup with you.So Iím being asked not to violate your clientís legal rights but I can unsubscribe? I went back to her and said:I have spoken to the author who tells me the image was found from a free website. However I am happy to give you a credit, can you please give me the information required?She replied very quickly (so sheís probably not in Texas unless sheís a really early starter).Hi Paul,Thanks for getting back to me.Can you please give image credit to (Van Hire Company)?Link: Van Hire Companyís linkCredit Name: Van Hire CompanyIt can be anywhere in the article. Just make sure that itís a clickable link 🙂Thank you.Beginning to think that with all the smiley faces, this is not a proper legal firm.I clicked on the link. Itís a van hire company. Not a photographer trying to make a living.Obviously Iím not mentioning the name of the company, because thatís what they want. We get a lot of people asking us to link to them, because our website has a good standing with Google. Sometimes they offer to pay, which is great as the money goes in the pot to help run the station. (If youíre interested, the going rate is about £50). Sometimes they try to get it for free. But Iíve never had an SEO company pretend to be a legal firm and threaten me (very politely) with action just so they can get a free link for one of their clients.The Van Hire Company stinks too. The website gives an address of London N7 and a phone number starting with 020, but itís written in broken English and the prices are all in Euros.I decided to email her back.Can you please send me proof that Van Hire Company is the photographer who holds the copyright?They seem to be the magic words, as the correspondence ended very abruptly.So if youíre reading this, host your own website and you get any emails from Alice Felix, Content Head at Legal Media Check, save yourself some time and put them straight in the bin Ö
Name: Waleed Hassan SheikhEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: DMCA/COPYRIGHTMessages:HiI'm just looking something on the internet then I came across your site and find that you have to use some copyrighted images. It's okay to Use unless you give credit to "MY SPAMMY WEBSITE" in your blog post.Hope You Understand.Regards,Waleed Hassan SheikhCountry: PakistanPhone no.: REMOVED
Hello Chris,You are using our client's image in one of your articles https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/blocking-intestinal-fat-absorption.We are glad you found it useful🙂However, our client has this image registered, and it requires attribution. We request a clickable image credit link to <SPAMMY SITE WE'RE USING DECEPTION TO PROMOTE> (<Link to spammy site>) at the bottom of your article. Learn how to properly give attribution here. Unfortunately, removing the image is not the solution since you have been using the image on your website for a while now. We are obliged to inform the artist if this matter is not resolved in a timely manner. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.Robert BradleyClient Relations TeamPhoto Credit
To whom it may concernSubmitted by John Neidig (not verified) on Wed, 16/12/2020 - 08:12To whom it may concernWe are sending this email on behalf of our client, Photograph Independent Consortium of America, Inc. (PICA), and its member companies. The PICA is a trade association whose member companies create, manufacture, and distribute approximately sixty (60) percent of all legitimate professional images sold in the US.As these copyrighted images are their main source of income, our client imposes all the copyrights to said images.It has come to the attention of our client that your website, sogoucdn.com, which you own, used one of the copyrighted images without approval and without any proper credit to the copyright owner.As you never got (nor asked for) approval to use our client's images, your work constitutes copyright infringement, in accordance with Title 17 of the U.S. Code.Accordingly, you could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein. Removal of the image won_t fix the copyright issue, as we have recorded proof of the image being used on your website.Our client requests that you deposit $200 in Bitcoin cryptocurrency to their wallet: bc1qq4l0gyav2nn56w94k95gg5er863hf2gtykudeq to receive full approval to use their pictures on your website.We have been instructed to follow legal action to repair the finance damage if you refuse to pay the copyright waiver fee of $200.You are hereby requested to add the required funds of $200 to this bitcoin wallet: bc1qq4l0gyav2nn56w94k95gg5er863hf2gtykudeq as fee for copyrighted image usage. Our client will allow you to continue using the image/s after you pay the required sum.If they have not received the requested fee within 15 days of email receival, we will have to take legal recourse and settle this matter in court.There won t be a further notice.Respectfully,John Neidig,Ardent Fox LLP | International Requests
And they're back!Not Waleed this time - he was very apologetic - no, it's Jason Perales mark 2!This time he's in the guise of "Robert Bradley" and he's from the "Client Relations Team" at an august organisation called "Photo Credit"Incredibly, based on the stock picture they're using, TEN people appear to work for this organisation we've never heard of, which mysteriously has only about 5 low-budget pages on its entire website and no stated official office address. How peculiar!Anyway, here's what "Robert Bradley" has to say:QuoteHello Chris,You are using our client's image in one of your articles https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/blocking-intestinal-fat-absorption.We are glad you found it useful🙂However, our client has this image registered, and it requires attribution. We request a clickable image credit link to <SPAMMY SITE WE'RE USING DECEPTION TO PROMOTE> (<Link to spammy site>) at the bottom of your article. Learn how to properly give attribution here. Unfortunately, removing the image is not the solution since you have been using the image on your website for a while now. We are obliged to inform the artist if this matter is not resolved in a timely manner. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.Robert BradleyClient Relations TeamPhoto CreditOoohh - threats that they're going to inform the artist...Hmm; Robert obviously didn't go to the mandatory office training, because he's picked on an image that's clearly marked up and credited as coming from PIXABAY and is CC0.CC zero means ANYONE can use it, for any purpose - you don't even need to give attribution. So what he's doing is trying to lay claim to someone else's work that has generously been made available via Pixabay for everyone to use for free.Robert wants a link to a website that appears to own the image in question by way of acknowledgement. Isn't that funny? A website about online training that now also seems to dabble in online stock photography...Well I'm going to ignore Robert's email, because I'm in the mood to have a little fun. I think he'll be back in a day or so with another friendly note and a few smilies to ask me "if I missed his previous email..."Let's see...