Can anyone give me some advice please.
Yesterday I received a letter from Getty Images demanding £2500 for 3 images on one of my websites as apparently I have used them without permission.
The website was built about 6 months ago, and I cannot remember where I got them from! I am quite particular about the images I use (usually using Fotolia). They were only used on a picture gallery page on my business directory site to add visitor experience. I know that I did not go searching for the images in Google as the pictures have no real relation to the topic of the website (just there to add a bit of colour!). I also know that most of the images on Google are copyrighted.
I have just found one of the images on Fotosearch which also suggests that Getty Images do not hold complete rights to the picture!
Not only am I not in a position to pay the demand but having trawled the internet it appears that this letter is borderline scam used to intimidate people in to paying without questoning it.
I am off to see a solicitor this morning but has anyone got any further advice or had similar instances?
Your help and advice is valued - Cheers