Internet Copyright Laws: A Boon or Bane?
The Infuriating Tale of Two Cites:
Citation #1. Unauthorized Use
Citation #2. Settlement Demand Notice
Bolstered by her
interpretation of the US internet copyright laws, Sue was convinced
that she was on solid ground challenging the inane assertions alleged
by Getty Images and thus avoiding becoming yet another one of Getty's
predatory copyright infringement cases. . .
Yes indeed, it's your favorite friendly super cyber whiz (again with
the third part of this heart-stopping tale), Gnomely, Webmaster
Extraordinaire, here to remind you (quite emphatically) DO NOT, under any circumstances
what-so-ever, let the big corporate guys bully you!
BUT. . .
Turns out that internet copyright laws happen to be a very, very
complex, head-throbbing, and an I-want-to-gouge-my-eyes-out-with-an-ice-pick
sort of complicated matter.
Based upon the outcome that
others reported of their internet copyright issues with Getty it was
clear that Sue could reasonably expect any of the following responses:
So we waited, crossed our
fingers and hoped.
- Can you imagine?
notice from a collection agency that
she is in arrears for the fabricated amount of $1,655.00 that Getty
Images claims she owed. (Many people reported on various forums that
when they decided to ignore the settlement demand and not send payment
they eventually found themselves confronted with delinquency charges
from a variety of collection type of companies.)
How absolutely horrid!
Sue would never hear or be bothered by Getty again regarding
this fabricated breech of internet copyright laws alleging unauthorized
use long with that outrageous settlement demand notice.
demand letter with more threats, and dire warnings.
of a Lawsuit as she joined the ranks of other Getty Images
copyright infringement cases.
Letter from Getty rescinding
their demand and absolving her of any
payment. Sue is completely innocent after all.
(You just wouldn't believe how many people
Getty the money they demanded!
Though in all honesty, some of them could have used graphics without
obtaining the appropriate rights to use.)
And prayed with all our hearts to the Cyber Deities and for Lady
Justice to fight our cause.
Then we waited some more.
It was well over a month when our wait finally came to an end.
A letter from Getty Images had arrived!
With heart palpitating (yes, despite beliefs to the contrary Gnomes do
have hearts!) anticipation I solemnly watched Sue as she walked around
the kitchen table a few times while staring at the very thin envelope
that had just arrived from Getty.
Sue paced (and had me literally
writhing with anxiety) staring at the letter for a good solid 30
seconds like it was a venomous viper that was going to sink its fangs
I even heard her quietly whispering yet another prayer and a
heart-wrenching plea to the Cyber
Deities and Lady Justice to smile upon her and give her this victory as
gathered up the courage to rip that letter open.
My. My. My. . .
Isn't that AWESOME?
She did it!
That's my Sue!
Needless to say, I did a very excited mental victory dance while Sue
let out an ear piercing hoot and holler that nearly blew my handsome
red felt hat clear off my balding little head.
Thankfully, Sue's invitation to her visitors to her website- The Skin
Care Resource Center -can continue to contribute their comments,
thoughts, graphics, or whatever else they wish.
Meanwhile, I (the ever stoic
and supportive Master of the Cyber Universe), will finally be able to sleep
peacefully at night knowing
that Sue isn't
going to be held hostage to every greedy, money grubbing, deceitful and
despicable entity who attempts to bully her into giving up her hard
earned income just to dishonestly pad their bottom line.