Internet Copyright Issues
The Infuriating Tale of Two Cites:
Citation #1. Unauthorized Use
Citation #2. Settlement Demand Notice
Have you ever worried about internet copyright
Yup, it's your friendly super cyber whiz Gnomely,
here to tell you (quite emphatically) DO
NOT, under any circumstances what-so-ever, let the big corporate
guys bully you!
So have you ever even dreamed that you would have internet copyright
Why would you?
You're an honorable sort.
you publish your web pages, and you would never, ever – not for even a
millisecond – consider hijacking any other published material on the
internet now would you?
Then you sound exactly like my poor, tormented
webmaster buddy, Sue.
Not in a million cyber light years would even I, Gnomely,
Extraordinaire, ever consider that Sue could, would or want to
willingly violate any internet copyright laws or become a victim of
Getty Image's very questionable practice of threatening to bring
charges against her in their growing number of copyright infringement
Poor, poor Sue.
I'll secretly confess to you that even with all my infinite web mastery
wisdom and cyber savvy, I have never been aware of any other human who
has such an affinity for attracting problems like Sue does. Even I have
found myself occasionally resorting to shaking my ever so handsome head
adorned with my ever so fashionable red hat in total disbelief
So why not just settle in for a bit while I tell you the latest in my
ever growing catalog of "Just
"Don't Do It" website help
Riveting (and Downright Heart-Stopping) Infuriating
Tale of Two Cites
Unauthorized Use Citation
Settlement Demand Notice
It all began one lovely summer day as the
sun was streaming in
through the kitchen window as Sue opened
it was a very, very loud and prolonged shriek.
The shriek was immediately followed by the longest and most profuse
(not to mention inventive!) string of cursing that my poor delicate and
ears have ever heard.
(But I think I should spare you that part.)
Frankly, it would
get really tedious and redundant if I had to repeat every last curse
that Sue muttered on that horrid day as she stomped around the house in
a whirlwind of fury.
You see, Sue had just opened a letter from Getty Images that turned out
to be just the beginning of her internet copyright issues and a $1,655.00
(That's right, $1,655.00 buck-a-roos.)
Because Sue provides lots of opportunities on her website, the SkinCareResourceCenter.com,
for visitors to
information (including photos), comment, share information or simply to
ask questions; the letter from Getty Images accused her of infringement
of internet copyright laws as a result of what they perceived as the
unauthorized use of two
graphics posted to her website by her visitors.
Along with the stern and intimidating letter accusing her of violating
copyright infringement laws a settlement
demand notice was attached demanding immediate payment of the
incredulous amount of $1,655.00!
Can you imagine?