Go ahead . . . post a picture on the internet . . . I dare you. It won’t take a week. It probably won’t take a year. But sooner or later you will hear from Getty Images and it won’t be a friendly letter. The letter will say something like this “You have used a licensed photograph without our permission. You now owe us $———.”
Try to resolve it. Go ahead. Good luck.
Ignore and see if it goes away. It won’t.
Getty came after me for posting a small picture on my website. It was taken from a free stock photo site. They didn’t care. They said they owned the rights to it and I owed them $650. I got off cheap. Take a look and Google – Getty Images Scam. Many people get hit for $2,000 a picture.
How did my story end? I paid a lawyer $150 to review it. He said there wasn’t much that could be done. When a collection agency started harassing me I started to make offers. I got the bill reduced to $300 and paid it to make them go away.
If you get hit, here is a good place to start: http://www.extortionletterinfo.com
If you are posting stock photos, Getty will find you. They are trolling the internet 24 hours a day looking for “violators.”