Getting this thread ranked higher on search engines
For those who are distressed that this thread about Getty Images is not easily findable on the search engines, there's an extraordinarily simple way to make that happen. If everyone here who is affected by the Getty letters were to create a link from a prominent page on their website with the anchor text "Getty Images" and point it to this SitePoint thread's address: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/show...2&page=1&pp=25, the thread would shoot to the top of the first page of Google, Yahoo!, MSN, etc.
Don't let Getty harass you
I have received those same demanding letters from Getty Images that many of you have. I have done nothing wrong and I refuse to let a company harass me or anyone else like they are doing. This has "class action lawsuit" written all over it....per the legal advice I have received. If you want to make some noise....PLEASE, PLEASE send letters and make phone calls to your local Attorney General's office, to the Washington State Attorney Gen. office, the Washington Better Business Bureau and to the local and/or national media. Call ABC, CBS, and NBC news and tell them what is going on. Unless we ALL start screaming about this to whoever will listen.....they will not stop. How can they harass people who have done nothing wrong? How can they send you an invoice to collect on a debt if they are NOT licensed debt collectors? Check with your local government offices and find out if Getty is even licensed to do this. If not, they can and will be fined by these entities!! The local governmental offices WILL get involved if you will let them know what is happening...
Anyone at collection stage yet?
I think we all received our letters within that last 45 days. I think this is their trial 1st run at extortion, yet just in case anyone has seen developments beyond the 1st letter.
1st question. Anyone been called or mailed by a collection agency yet?
2nd question. Anyone been notified that your extortion invoice has been increased due to lack of acknowledgement?
Most serious impact on us??? $$$ or Google
I think we all feel that we were found guilty without a trial or even an arrest... No warings at all. The $1,000 is stiff when you didn't realize that an infringement to a copyright was being done. I think these steps need to be taken:
- Inform them that the image has been removed from the web site
- Tell them you are investing the accusation but have no memory of such a use of a Getty Image by yourself or your contractor
- See what they say... The $1,000 represents a significant amount of my site's total revenue (my site is a hobby to help non-profits)
- If they continue to push, then you might need to pay to get them from reporting you to Google or your host if you care about the viability of your site
- What if there are other images that are also on your site that you are unaware of? Will Getty agree that the $1,000 will protect you here also?
- Take notes on all your correspondence, in case a class action suite is in order...