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Why did I receive a notice?

You have been identified as using one or more images for online commercial and/or editorial purposes. We are not able to find a valid license for the use of the image(s) in your company’s name.

 

Intellectual property rights and copyright infringement

ImageProtect is deeply committed to protecting the interests, intellectual property rights and livelihood of the photographers, filmmakers and other artists who entrust us to protect their work. Visual content — photography, video, art, illustration, and multi-media — is intellectual property. It is owned and has tangible value. When a copyright is infringed, the copyright holder effectively is deprived of income (either directly or indirectly) that could be used to develop new or better content. Every year the content industries lose billions of dollars to copyright infringement, depriving the public of new creative works, costing industry jobs and hurting economic growth. Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship.” The Copyright Act provides substantial monetary damages for violation of copyright, including statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement. Use of an image without a valid license is considered copyright infringement in violation of copyright laws. Image Protect protects and monetizes creative works. Our web application monitors the global Internet to seek out illegally used visual content – photography, art, illustration, and multi-media. We send via email directly to the infringer notifications of copyright infringement with date, time, copyright title and other specific technology identifiers. Each notice also includes a settlement offer. Infringers remit payment to ImageProtect for the copyright infringement and we make payments to the copyright owners. By accepting our settlement offers, infringers avoid potential legal action by the copyright holders. As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.

 

Examples of imagery infringement include:

  • Use of whole or part of an image without permission.
  • Use beyond the scope of a license or permission.
  • Adapting an image without permission (art rendering).
  • Asking another photographer to recreate the image.
  • Actual copying without permission.

 

Responsible parties may include:

  • The company that directly infringed, even if unintentionally.
  • Employees or individuals who participated in the infringement.
  • Anyone who published the infringing image, whether they had knowledge or not.
  • Anyone who authorized or encouraged infringement.

 

Online Payment Information

If you are interested in resolving an unlicensed use matter online, ImageProtect accepts credit card payments via our secure online payment system. Please review our FAQs to learn more, about our license compliance program.