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I can see this backfiring big time...

All it takes is this ending up in front of the wrong judge and *poof* the jig is up.

From what I've read, the courts (and Judges) do not like to entertain these types of "business endeavors"..
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Well, it looks like Nick Youngson's honeypot operation will continue to grow.  Visit http://webuypics.com and http://AlphaStockImages.com.

Read this blurb from webuypics.com:

Sell Us Your Unused Pictures
Do you have high quality commercial pictures that you have never used, maybe left over from a shoot, where you have used a few of the images but the rest are just stored in your files never having been used then sell them to us and turn them into cash.

We buy pictures where we recognize they might have a commercial value and we offer them through our web site AlphaStockImages.com.

Ideally we are looking for pictures that have never been published, we wish to buy the copyright in the pictures so you need to be the copyright owner and be free to sell it.

To check if your pictures have a commercial value simply send them to us ideally resized to 800px wide with or without a watermark in a zip file and we will get back to you.



Gee, he wants to buy the copyright.  I wonder why?   Maybe to send out more extortion letters over new $10 images? He must be doing pretty well to be able to acquire new images from other folks.  I guess we can expect to one day see extortion letters from Higbee on behalf of "Alpha Stock Images".
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..I am not sure when he actually placed such disclosures but it is an important date/milestone...

...It is fucking outrageous and it just keeps continuing.


Me thinks it may have happened around the time that He decided to pursue litigation under the RM media umbrella.

Probably motivated by a few words from here or his "legal expungement specialist" representation...  ;)

Again, I have no problem at all with people who genuinely want to protect their intellectual property.

That said, that's not whats going on here.

What we have here are scumbags running a legal extortion business by exploiting people's ignorance about the Creative Commons license though a loophole in the system. 

They and their legal representation are garbage people.

Straight up.
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So, what defendants need to make note of is that Nick Youngson's/RM Media's "website disclosures" only occurred recently. I am not sure when he actually placed such disclosures but it is an important date/milestone.

There will be cases "BEFORE the DISCLOSURES" and "AFTER the DISCLOSURES". Every RM Media victim needs to make a notation of where they fall into this.  I think any reasonable person or court would see "creative-commons-images.com" and be easily confused by it.

And whatever disclosures he has made now was NOT done because he is being a "nice guy". It is because there are MANY victims falling into this "Creative Commons Images" HONEYPOT over $10 images. But somehow they become magically valued at thousands of dollars when it gets to the Higbee firms hot little hands.  It is fucking outrageous and it just keeps continuing.

..I recently visited one of his websites and immediately noticed that it had been "updated" and now displays the attribution requirement at the top of the page...  :o

While this change will probably mean less bees being trapped in the honeypot, as long as his images are still ranking in Google for "Creative commons images", there will be more victims...
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I know you mean well but I strong recommend AGAINST posting anything on the Ripoff Report. The reason why is that many people in a fit of anger and frustration have made some ill-advised posts on ROR.  ROR has a relentless policy to not remove anything.There have been many people with "writers remorse" on ROR.

If people have something honest to say in good faith, I believe posting on the ELI Forums is the best and safest place.  You can retract or edit your statement if you want or need to. 

People look out for each other here. On ROR, you have no idea what you might get yourself into.

Has anyone created a Ripoff Report for this guy?  I'd recommend anyone contacted by an individual photographer troll create one.  It hurts them right on their bottom line.  It's amazing how quickly they back off when their business is ruined by some horrible reviews of their photography business right at the top of their Google results.
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Has anyone created a Ripoff Report for this guy?  I'd recommend anyone contacted by an individual photographer troll create one.  It hurts them right on their bottom line.  It's amazing how quickly they back off when their business is ruined by some horrible reviews of their photography business right at the top of their Google results.
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Very interesting indeed. It looks like the disgusting Nick Youngson Honey Pot scheme will continue to expand and ensnare more victims.


..I recently visited one of his websites and immediately noticed that it had been "updated" and now displays the attribution requirement at the top of the page...  :o

While this change will probably mean less bees being trapped in the honeypot, as long as his images are still ranking in Google for "Creative commons images", there will be more victims...

 
 
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Very interesting indeed. It looks like the disgusting Nick Youngson Honey Pot scheme will continue to expand and ensnare more victims.

Might be old news but didn’t see it mentioned elsewhere, looks like Youngson & RM have gotten other people involved. No idea who they are or if they are also in England. http://rmmedia.ltd.uk
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Higbee Associates Letter & Lawsuits Forum / Re: A new twist on Higbee
« Last post by Matthew Chan on February 22, 2018, 03:11:51 PM »
There is something you can do about it. You can negotiate and settle it.

I don't know your lawyer but I find many lawyers to be very uninformed in the arena that we cover on ELI. However, your lawyer's opinions are largely on the mark. But ultimately, YOU have to live with it. It comes down to your personality and risk tolerance.

Another thing.... EVERYONE pays when going through this BS.  Everyone gets to choose HOW they pay it. Some "pay" by toughing it out the 3 years. It is inexpensive monetarily but has some collateral effects as indicated by your stress. Others prefer to give up some money, for the peace of mind and closure.

People seem to think having more money and assets helps them in these cases. Actually, having more money and assets makes you more vulnerable to lawsuits.  People don't file lawsuits against broke people. There is nothing to collect.

You claim you can't do anything about it. That isn't true. You can. There is PLENTY you can do. You just may don't like what you have to do.

Even the choice of sitting in a dark corner is an option. You just have to be prepared to accept the direct and indirect consequences.

I don't know about living life like I was before - this thing has been eating me up with worry and stress.

Still, I feel like the school bully is waiting for me out on the playground to beat me up and there's nothing I can do about it.
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Higbee Associates Letter & Lawsuits Forum / Re: Higbee filed complaint, now what?
« Last post by Matthew Chan on February 22, 2018, 02:57:46 PM »
LOL! Yes, I remember our friend who was determined to beat the case by sheer avoidance!  It worked because he understood the basic mechanics of a lawsuit! It was a pretty funny story.

You can still contact Oscar, he is admitted in other states and he also has many lawyer friends around the country that can get him in if need be.....In the meantime don't answer the door, change your daily habits, or maybe go an extended vacation somewhere.. One of our older/veteran user never left the house of answered his door for a long time to avoid being served,  the process server got fed up and left the paperwork on the doorstep, which in effect killed the case, as it wasn't properly "served" even though the guy was looking out the window at the deputy that was there to serve him.
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