Found another snidbit. Particularly item number 6.......http://blog.seattlepi.com/timothymccormack/tag/getty-images-copyright-infringement/
From the blog:
6. Donâ€™t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet. There are some sites on the internet that spread false information about these types of claims. Any nut with a computer can type something on a blog.
As any librarian would tell you, â€śbuyer beware.â€ť This is especially true of information acquired from the internet. One scam site even notes that Getty Images never sues companies.
This claim is absolutely false. It is a matter of public record that Getty and Corbis do sue companies. In fact, they sue large companies and small companies and they pursue large and small claims. Any site that says differently is suspect.
Example of Getty Images case seeking statutory damages for one image.
Beyond the public record, letâ€™s look at the economics. Say a company has a copyright infringement claim of between $2,000 and $20,000. I know that is quite a range but the economics work out the same! The cost of defense, retaining a defense lawyer, dealing with jurisdiction and preparing an answer will cost in the range of $7,500 to $20,000. It will be more in some cases! After that (the first month) you have 18 more months to go! The total cost could be ten to one hundred times that. When the attorneysâ€™ fees are applied, the business being sued is out of business. Why would the image companies pursue me? You are not the only one. Sometimes an image company might even be required by contract to pursue the infringements. Donâ€™t take a change on getting embroiled in litigation. The only winners will be the attorneys (on both sides). Keep that in might when getting advice from the internet. What incentive does a blog have in telling you that you wonâ€™t get sued? One cynical answer is that they want you to get sued so they or associated â€śambulance chasersâ€ť can earn fees on your misfortune.