The Getty Images Settlement Demand Letter: Reporting on the Extortion Letter Scheme

The Getty Images Settlement Demand Letter is a deliberate attempt by Getty Images to intimidate and bully recipients to pay an extravagant “settlement fee” in exchange for Getty Images agreement to NOT sue the recipient. Recipients of this letter have allegedly infringed on the alleged copyrights owned by Getty Images.

There are two sides to every story and disagreement. Recipients of the Letter know Getty Images side. This website will assemble the stories and legal arguments of “the other side”. We trust this website will be both helpful and beneficial to you.

The above is a quote (slightly edited) of the lead paragraphs on the following web page.

via The Getty Images Settlement Demand Letter: Reporting on the Extortion Letter Scheme.

Here’s another resource: http://www.zyra.info/getstu.htm

I found out about this scheme recently when someone I know got this letter. I had not heard of the scheme previously, and knew Getty to be (I thought) a reputable stock photography house. I was surprised what I found out when I googled various phrases in the letter.

Now, I’m no lawyer, so take what I have to say with a grain of salt. And do your own research.

But it seems odd to me that they are going so hard against people who, as far as they know, did nothing wrong, tried hard to obey the rules, obtained the pictures in what they thought was a legitimate manner, made essentially no money from the pictures, etc

This heavy-handed approach can only tarnish Getty’s reputation. Why would they want to do this?