Consulting Group”).On December 12,2012, we sent Golden Consulting Group a letter with notification that we hadfound unauthorized use of one of our images on its website, www.goldenconsultinggroup.com.The image is part of Getty Images’ Rights-Managed “Photographer’s Choice” collection, #200133432-001 (the “Image”), and can be found on our web site athttp://www.gettyimages.com/detail/200133432-001. We informed Golden Consulting Groupthat use of the Image without a license constitutes copyright infringement, and that GoldenConsulting Group must either: (i) provide evidence that a license was issued, or (ii) pay a fee for use of the Image. In this instance, the fee was $780.00, and we provided an invoice in thatamount, which featured a thumbnail of the Image and its image number along with a“screenshot” of the Image on Golden Consulting Group’s website. The amount invoiced is inline with what typically would be charged for a license of the Image under these circumstances.Ms. Ohm characterizes our attempts to settle our copyright infringement claims against GoldenConsulting Group as “extortion.” However, our communications with them do not in any wayconstitute “wrongful threats” within the meaning of extortion statutes. On the contrary,demand for payment in satisfaction of a legal claim is not wrongful conduct.Ms. Ohm states that Getty Images has not provided proof of copyright, but Ms. Ohm appears toconfuse copyright registration and copyright ownership. As of 1978, when US copyright lawwas substantially revised, copyright exists the moment a work, including a photograph, iscreated. Registration is optional and is not a requirement of copyright ownership.Consequently, copyright registrations are not required of us to pursue infringements on behalf oour contributors. While it would be necessary to provide these registrations in order to file suit,this is our attempt to settle any infringement without further action.The campaign to file complaints against us is misguided and misdirected. As noted above, weare well within our legal rights to seek damages for unauthorized use of our images. GettyImages has acted appropriately and in good faith in pursuing the unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and at this time, Ms. Ohm has not raised any valid defenses.Regardless, we remain hopeful of reaching an amicable resolution to this matter. Should yourequire any additional information about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.Regards,Getty Images – Copyright ComplianceGetty Images - Copyright CompliancePLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS:605 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 400Seattle, WA 98104T: (206)925-5000F: (206)925-5001Copyright.firstname.lastname@example.org
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