Msg#: 3181266 posted 12:35 pm on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)
A couple of years ago I was offering websites built with a commercial shopping cart. As far as I can remember at this time I used a thumbnail size shopping cart icon from one of their sites. I no longer offer this cart but the image was still used twice on my site basically because I forgot to remove it. I appreciate that I should not have used it in the first place but I did.
This morning I received a letter from a solicitors in London sent on behalf of Corbis and demanding that I pay £2,385.25 for the use of this image. This is clearly an extortionate amount for a small icon. They say it is to cover the period from Dec 2005 to Dec 2006 and that I can pay more if I want to use it beyond this date.
They also say that if I do not pay by 18 December they will instruct their client to commence legal proceedings against me ... seek legal costs, etc. They make reference to "English Law" but I am based in Scotland where we have a separate legal system. I obviously extremely worried because this is a lot of money to me and I don't know where I stand on this.
Has anyone else been in this situation? Must I pay?
I would very much appreciate any advice.
[edited by: BeeDeeDubbleU at 12:39 pm (utc) on Dec. 7, 2006]
Lawyers are notoriously heavy-handed in their threats. They are designed precisely to scare the living daylights out of you.
Some of these firms may have image tracking software based on invisible (read: embedded) watermarks. So they simply put their bot to work scouring the net; next there's a comparison with client records; then the (automated) threats go out.