DoctorC - 4:22 am on Aug 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Nothing like running a business and becoming a beurocrat. I will be wasting so much time with this. But in this legal climate I need to and if they send me a letter I am going to say "SUE ME." I will not cooperate until the subpoena arrives and I might just say "I can't find it, but I do have it somewhere." Let them prove that I had it. Let them drag me to court and I'll show the judge that I have it (found it) and they can pay their legal bill and get nothing from me. But I don't use Rights Managed images and the chance of them challenging my legal licenses is slim, I know I am covered. Some artists are not exclusive to a given company and then some other image broker can say "Hey, that's ours." The Rights Managed work tends to be "exclusive" to each image broker.
But how many people are not covered for the one image that they have? How many Rights Managed images have they let hand out on Google and other image sites? How many Rights Managed images have they intentinally not watermarked? I do not support copying images, but they are too loose with this and they have not been careful with their Rghts Managed assets, but now they want payment from so many people.
If you have a simple website, then one or two images is simple to record and file. You should file copyrights on your site anyway. But the people on this site tend to support more than one site or server and I beleive we need to educate the masses. Maybe a public service banner advertisement that says GET LEGAL. Maybe newsletter warnings to customers. Certainly reminders when people sign up. Maybe a scared straight tactic such as pointng people to the lawsuit sites. Maybe adding copyright legality statements to contracts. Cettainly requiring image licensure proof when we help-out the customers. I can shorten the list, just Block the bad bots like Getty while you work on helping others to be legal.
Documening images is something else that we can recommend to our clients from day one. Spread the word, the lawyers are coming. Really, this is catching on an it is about to go "viral." The inmates are running the asylum while reproducing (not pretty). So take prophlactic measures and educate everyone that you can. Chicken Little, the sky...