Need advice about getting payment for images used on a website without permission

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by shaolin95, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Basically on this page:

    They used images I posted on a Piano forum and my review comments on their website without asking me for authorization for the images not any credit was giving on the images, just a link to where the review was.
    So I contacted them some time ago to ask for some credit on the images but never heard of it, and since I had too many things in my head, I forgot about the deal. That was 10 months ago and I was shocked to see they were still using them.

    So now that my life is a bit more clear, I contacted them again a bit more serious tone this time and they took the images down to which I reply again making sure that was not their "fixing" and they replied saying the owner said to pay me $75 for the images as I am a good customer (even though I only bought that one item)
    So on the one hand I am like, well if they offer $75 after I titled my email directing it to their legal department, maybe I should be getting a bit more. On the other hand, due to an error by my landlord, I am on a negative account balance until Wedneday so this happened at a bad time because if it was not under the current situation I have, I would take my time but right now, even $75 on my paypal would be nice.

    What do you guys think? I am in no way trying to be greedy, just looking for a fair treatment. :)
  2. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
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    Sounds like a tough situation, hope it turns out well for you. Its a bit too far out of my knowledge base to offer advice though.
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  3. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Really I got nothing to lose I guess. Anything I get will be fine in my mind, will be like my first paid photos. :D
  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
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    I may be the wrong person to ask, since all of my photos up on Flickr are free for the taking by anyone who wants them. But if someone offered me $75 to use a photo that I had uploaded to a web site, I'd take it in a heartbeat. I'd feel differently if I were trying to make a living with my photography. But I'm not, so that sounds like easy money to me. :)
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  5. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    yes that is my mindset about it right now for me as well :D
    And yeah, all my images are on Flickr too. lol
  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Couldn't agree more :)
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  7. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    I accepted it as it sounds fair enough and more than I had anyways :)
  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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    I'm thinking that unless you were planning on suing, take the money and run.

    By the way, that's what they want you to do.
  9. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
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    Try asking this question on POTN, it's choke full of very helpful professionals making living in this.

    I think it's a fair offer.
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  10. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 25, 2012
    Viera, Florida, USA
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    Exactly. Both parties here have a mission. They start low, you start high. Tell them $150, settle at $100. NEVER get confrontational and you won't really risk the $75, but might wind up with $100. Or just cut to the chase and tell them your minimum use fee has ALWAYS been $100 per image. THEN if you take the $75, you can tell them you discounted it for them as a measure of good faith. They might even come back to you for more!