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Author Topic: Ok to deal with GettyImages via email as opposed to USPS?  (Read 4861 times)

alfbell

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Ok to deal with GettyImages via email as opposed to USPS?
« on: August 31, 2012, 01:44:05 AM »
Received our first GettyImage letter. Charging our company $850 for copyright infringement re: a small image that one of our independent contractors (a creative) put up on our website. I'm studying up now on this forum.

Question: Once I have my strategy in place, is it ok to deal with the License Compliance Specialist at GettyImages (D. Bieker) via email or should all correspondence only be via USPS for certain legal reasons?

Thanks in advance for your help and advice.

Alfred

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Re: Ok to deal with GettyImages via email as opposed to USPS?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012, 06:07:27 AM »
Welcome to the forum Alfred,I strongly suggest NOT using email, just makes Beakers day that much easier. Continue doing research and you'll discover the best way to push back is to fight this on your terms not theirs, thus sucking as much of their time as possible.
Most questions have already been addressed in the forums, get yourself educated before making decisions.

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Re: Ok to deal with GettyImages via email as opposed to USPS?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2012, 08:30:53 AM »
I agree with Robert, make this as much of a time suck as well as becoming a thorn in their side as you can. I would demand proof of claim which they will refuse to provide once they refuse to provide it I would file complaints with several agencies including the Atty. Gen.'s office of Washington state and your state, the FTC, the BBB and your Sen. and Congressman. I did all of this and posted my letters so that you can see the process and what to expect and they can all be found here at this link

http://www.extortionletterinfo.com/forum/getty-images-letter-forum/an-experiment-against-getty/
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Re: Ok to deal with GettyImages via email as opposed to USPS?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2012, 09:09:33 AM »
Email communication is frowned upon. Stick to USPS Mail and insist all replies and communication be in hard copy.
I'm a non-lawyer but not legally ignorant either. Under the 1st Amendment, I have the right to post facts & opinions using rhetorical hyperbole, colloquialisms, metaphors, parody, snark, or epithets. Under Section 230 of CDA, I'm only responsible for posts I write, not what others write.

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Re: Ok to deal with GettyImages via email as opposed to USPS?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2012, 11:58:52 AM »
No email and no phone calls. Keep it all in writing on paper delivered by the US Postal Service. Keep it simple.

Hunker down for the long term and enjoy the game with the Getty Image minimum wage trolls and then their outside counsel collection agents like Seattle lawyer Timothy B. McCormack and his paralegal trolls Ashanti A. Taylor and Sam Wilson.

Don't get overly stressed. After a few rounds of all this you'll quickly see that this is nothing but a payment extraction scheme used to collect large amounts of money without providing a shred of legal proof of the right to that money.

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Re: Ok to deal with GettyImages via email as opposed to USPS?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2012, 11:40:56 PM »
Many thanks to Mulligan... he nailed it and saved everyone a lot of time.

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Re: Ok to deal with GettyImages via email as opposed to USPS?
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2012, 03:56:01 PM »
keep it difficult for them  ;)

 

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