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    I received a demand letter from Getty Images saying I infringed on one of their pictures and that I owe them $780.00 or they would take me to court. The letter was quite professional and included a screen shot of the image in question and my website. Interestingly the screen shot of my website did not include their image nor do we have their image on our site.

    It smell like a scam to me. Has anyone else had this happen to them?

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    Don't know about your question, but I have to tell you, KUDOS on your Hall of Shame pictures! They are hilarious!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bunzel View Post
    I received a demand letter from Getty Images saying I infringed on one of their pictures and that I owe them $780.00 or they would take me to court. The letter was quite professional and included a screen shot of the image in question and my website. Interestingly the screen shot of my website did not include their image nor do we have their image on our site.

    It smell like a scam to me. Has anyone else had this happen to them?

    //Rick
    Getty Images appears to be running a quasi "legal" scam....
    The Getty Images Settlement Demand Letter: Reporting on the Extortion Letter Scheme

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    Default Re: Getty Imagines

    Like you said, "Getty Imagines". Maybe Getty imagined that you used their image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Patterson View Post
    Getty Images appears to be running a quasi "legal" scam....
    The Getty Images Settlement Demand Letter: Reporting on the Extortion Letter Scheme
    Small world
    Matthew Chan's office is a couple miles away from my office
    I've spoken with him several times
    He is a person with integrity, and a big mouth
    look out Getty

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Getty Imagines

    I've had inspectors from a few other sites contact me about other companies doing the same thing. Make sure you get your images from sites like iStockPhoto to avoid problems like this.

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