Why I live in fear of Getty Images

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.”


About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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