DoctorC - 10:42 pm on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
The stupid thing about Getty and the others doing this is that they go after the website owner, which can be an ISP or web developer that hosts for their clients. So now that same company will buy ZERO images from them in the future. For the $1,000.00 collected, they will be losing many times that in future business.
I need about 500 images for a project and NONE of them will come from Getty related companies. I got the magazine that I advertise in to stop using Getty Images if they want to keep my business. I am working on a contract with a trade association and I have something that they need. Part of my contract requires them to stop using Getty Images (and all affiliates) in their magazine.
As a business person, never look at $1.00 or $1,000.00 saved or spent per year as just $1.00 or $1,000.00. Instead lok at the savings or cost over 5 years. So my contract will cost Getty Images a huge amount. Combined, I have cut out tens of thousands of dollars over the coming 5 years. The backlash will be cumulative, the word will spread and Getty will fire the idiot that came up with the demand letters. Please complain to your Attorney General, Congressmen, Senators, the FTC, the Justice Department, Etc. and make a difference.
But PLEASE license all of your images or get a camera and start snapping away. Comb your own sites and tell all of your friends and customers to make sure that they are indeed legal.