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Messages - Robert Krausankas (BuddhaPi)

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Just a guess on my part, they'll ower the amount but won't come down to 200.00, they also won't care who designed the site or where the image came from, they will want to go after the domain as ultimately they are the responsible party. I would be curious if they will work with on this, please kepp us posted.. I would personally pay Oscar the 150.00 and not give Getty 1 red cent, just out of principle.

Greetings Matthew,

I'm sure it's right in front of me somewhere, but I can find the link to the newest video updats.. could you possibly post it for us?

Getty Images Letter Forum / Re: Getty Images E-Mail Response
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:13:48 PM »
Typical response from Getty, no invoice or license for said image that want to be paid.Thats all that matters to them, my question would be why would you then purchase additional images from them or any of the other stock companies?

I certainly hope that a couple of bad apples don't spoil the whole basket, you guys, ( Matt & Oscar) have helped many people in many ways. I personally found this site after getting the letter I read every single post and then some, and made my decision to contact my attorney, who promptly advised that I pat Getty and be done with it..NOT gonna happen So I came back here and contacted Oscar..the best money I ever spent!! Not to mention the knowledge I have gathered in the meantime. So kudos to both matt and Oscar for being the brave faces and the ones considerate enough to dedicate their personal time to this cause..

Robert Krausankas
Web Design of Palm Beach, Inc.

I'm sure you're not being singled out! I'm also sure Oscar is very busy, I did not have any issues whatsoever, but there is a chance he is working on other case or possibly he has been stuck in court. This Getty thing is not his primary practice, he does this to help us out ( at a very good price I might add) I'm sure he will see your post and get with you..

Getty Images Letter Forum / Re: No enforceable copyright and acquiescence
« on: November 19, 2010, 07:39:07 AM »
Just my 2 cents worth... Just because the image came directly from Ford , doesn't mean that Ford did not license the image, and have legal permission to use such image. However this doesn't mean that Ford can turn around and say "sure you can use the image" as it's not theirs to give away, they only have a licence to use the image. As web developer if I want to use the same image on 2 completely different project I would need to seperate licences for each project.

Getty Images Letter Forum / Re: Canadian Letter
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:48:34 AM »
Getty sends the letters to the owner of the domain ( registrant) so whomevers name is on that is the legal owner of the site, not the hosting company or the designer. If you have it in writing that the design does not / will not contain any unlicensed images you could possibly get this sent to the design company. I often register domains on my clients behalf and always reigister it under their name, as they supply my company with images and it takes me out of the loop is they so decide to grab images from anywhere, even after explaining the consequences of such behavoir. Most hosts, don't do design work, they just host the sites and most reputable ones will have something in their TOS regarding copyrighted material. My design company also offers hosting services, but we have a strict policy that any copyright infringement is in violation and accounts will be terminated without warning. our policy also states that my company is not responsible for any materials uploaded by clients that may contain copyrighted material...again removing me from the loop..don't know if this helps at allbut i hope so and wish you luck.

Getty Images Letter Forum / Re: Stand and Fight vs. Sit and Wait? (US)
« on: November 15, 2010, 10:49:22 AM »

The 150.00 bucks I spent was well worth not having to worry about this! I haven't heard a single thing regarding my "case" and Mr. M drafted and sent my letter in May no news is good news as far as i am concerned.

Getty Images Letter Forum / Re: Got my letter need advice
« on: October 20, 2010, 02:48:05 PM »
I also got tangled up with this thru a third party, and have the license, Getty claimed "anybody could have created this license" naturally the 3rd party in question has long since gone away, these were images/templates that were purchased over 10 years ago, so i have no invoice either. Long story short Getty would not relent, but would only agree to lowering the "invoice amount"...Hence I hired Mr. M, money well spent, as I have not heard a thing and no news is good news in my opionion..

Getty Images Letter Forum / Re: interesting read
« on: October 01, 2010, 01:22:04 PM »
I concur, Getty should follow their own example...they state over and over again, "we don't care where or how you got the image, we own it so pay up"... In regards to the earthquke images those weren't even purchased, they grabbed them off his twitter feed and feel cuase they were on twitter they're in the public domain free for the taking.... interested to see how this shakes out... Since I became involved in this I have purchased a high-end DSLR and now take all of my own images, hence getting involved with a very popular DSLR forum, in relation to another posting here, I have posed the question to the minions in regards to whether or not it's standard practice for photogs/artist to sell their images to multiple companies, IE Getty, Corbis, IStock... if this turns out to be standard practices I think this whole getty thing will eventually blow up in there faces..

Getty Images Letter Forum / interesting read
« on: October 01, 2010, 12:17:29 PM »
be sure to read the comment following the article....Looks like Getty might get a taste of thier own medicine.

Getty Images Letter Forum / Re: Masterfile Extortion Letter
« on: August 24, 2010, 08:20:26 AM »
The travel company in Egypt may had had the rights to use the photo, but this does not give you the rights to use the photo/image, if you went back to the travel site and it was gone, then i have a feeling masterfile went after them as well... I have a lot of client that think if it's on the web or can be found in googles image or such that they are free for the taking. As we all know this is just not the case... Oscar will have to weigh in as to if you have other options, but if you sent a check I think that pretty much sums it up.

Getty Images Letter Forum / interesting article
« on: May 21, 2010, 08:06:35 PM »
stumbled upon this nice little tid-bit, doesn't concern Getty or Masterfile, but most certainly touches on image copyright issues..


Getty Images Letter Forum / Re: Info for developers / web hosts
« on: May 14, 2009, 02:51:40 PM »
From my research I have also learned that Picscout does use methods to skirt the normal channels, however blocking the IP is fairly cut and dry, at least until Picscout starts coming up empty handed, at which point I assume they will switch the IP's. I will be monitoring my raw access logs for any "over the top" activity.. On a side note I have already discovered another bot crawling my server in search of audio and video files, so users should also be aware of this as well..

Getty Images Letter Forum / Info for developers / web hosts
« on: May 14, 2009, 12:05:39 PM »
As the owner of a small web design / development company that has been innocently caught up in this mess, I would like to post some helpful information to anyone interested. I currently host and maintain over 200 sites and am fearful that some of the images purchased thru a template/image pack may be used on some of my clientrs sites. ( tho I have only found 2 possibilities thus far)
Taking the following steps is by no means a cure all, but are instead geared to several issues.

1. Not only remove the images from your pages immediately , but also be sure to delete the images from the server altogether!
2. Stopping Getty’s & Picscouts crawler from accessing your pages, and downloading all images.
 ( which I consider theft and hacking  in and of itself not to mention using my bandwidth and server resources without permission).
3. removing any cached images and pages elsewhere on the web, as Getty can simply refer to these cached pages even after the image in question has been removed from your servers.

Add this code to your meta tags before the head section to prevent any spiders/crawlers from archiving your pages:
I would recommend re-submitting your site after adding this tag, so google and other engines/index pick-up the new tag.

Block these IP's and IP ranges as they are associated with Getty and Picscout: ( this can be easily done if you are running cpanel from your osting provider)  or you can accomplish this by utilizing .htaccess code. The link below will help you generate this code.

The .0/24 entries are the wild card for 0 to 255 (.0/24 is how the proper
code is for wild card)

Remove your site from The Internet Archive ( wayback machine)
To remove your site from the Wayback Machine, place a robots.txt file at the top level of your site (e.g. and then submit your site.

 The robots.txt file will do two things:
It will remove all documents from your domain from the Wayback Machine.
It will tell us not to crawl your site in the future.
To exclude the Internet Archive’s crawler (and remove documents from the Wayback Machine) while allowing all other robots to crawl your site, your robots.txt file should say:
User-agent: ia_archiver
Disallow: /
Robots.txt is the most widely used method for controlling the behavior of automated robots on your site (all major robots, including those of Google, Alta Vista, etc. respect these exclusions). It can be used to block access to the whole domain, or any file or directory within. There are a large number of resources for webmasters and site owners describing this method and how to use it. Here are some:
Once you have put a robots.txt file up, submit your site ( on the form on

As of this post there is currently no way to ban picscouts crawler using the robots.txt method, it appears to be ignoring this file altogether, hence the blocking of the IP's above.

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