Getty Images Settlement Demand – Unauthorized Use of Getty Images Photograph

So I came into my office today, and I had a large letter from Getty Images, addressed to “Legal Department” at my company. We’re a small company… we don’t have a legal department.

Apparently, Getty Images has been sending these letters out like crazy since 2006, luckily this is the first I’ve seen. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, because they’re asking for $2,000 for the use of 2 images that were found on our company website. $2,000 for 2 images!!! Do we get exclusive rights for that fee? No. They then want us to purchase the images.

It is copyright infringement if the images weren’t, I have no problem admitting that. However, $1,000 each? Isn’t that robbery? Would it be worth hiring a lawyer to get out of some cost on this settlement demand? Or would it be a waste of money? Where do they come up with this absurd amount for the settlement demand?

Has anyone encountered this issue with Getty Images and got out of it for less than the requested amount? If so, I’d love to hear your suggestions/opinions.

Personal Injury Lawsuits – California Personal Injury Cases

I can’t believe the number of personal injury lawsuits and cases that constantly pop up in our society today. I think its a combination of 2 things:

  1. People, for some reason, think that its okay to sue anyone and everyone for just about no reason.
  2. Lawyers see an easy way to make money in personal injury cases, so they have no problem jumping on the bandwagon and not only filing one case, but actually building an entire practice around personal injury claims.

It seems that there are more and more absurd lawsuits popping up all the time. Check out The Stella Awards which were inspired by the McDonald’s coffee spill lawsuit if you’d like to read about more absurd lawsuits.

Speaking of absurd lawsuits, check out this listing of “types” of personal injury lawsuits that I found on a random personal injury lawyers’ website:

Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car / Automobile

Personal Injury Products Liability
Defective Drugs
Tire Failure
Brake Failure
Air Bag Injuries

Personal Injury Public Transportation Accidents
Railroad Accident
Bus Accident
Plane Crash

Personal Injury Work Injuries
Workers’ Compensation
Machinery / Assembly Line Injuries

Personal Injury Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Personal Injury Intentional Injuries
Sexual Abuse
Police Brutality

Personal Injury Specific Injuries
Brain Injury
Dog Bite
Slip and Fall
Spinal Injury

Personal Injury Hazardous Exposure
Chemical Exposure
Lead Poisoning