Thank you Celia! Can you tell me what a cease and desist letter from counsel might cost - a range?
Unfortunately, no. Usually the attorney will want to consult with you first, so all facts are clear, before the attorney can determine whether it's even advisable to draft the cease and desist letter. Attorney rates vary and some attorneys work on a flat fee, so it's worthwhile to call around.
That is not good advice and is pretty much backwards. Getty does not go away if you ignore them, instead the price goes up. Asker, you need to be talking to an IP expert not a family lawyer on this topic. You don't send a cease & desist letter back to a copyright owner like Getty when you get one from them, which is what you did, along with a settlement demand and a settlement offer. What would you have them cease & desist from? Asserting their valid copyright?
Asker, Celia has not given you good advice here. You need to retain IP counsel to negotiate a settlement. The price of settlement will go up if you just ignore this. And you have no valid defense. You used an image without a license---you just admitted it on this web-site.
Although your sustain for my answer is clear, your rant may not be particularly useful to the asker. You are free to disagree but I question your manner of doing so.
Your distain not sustain
I think you mean disdain not distain or sustain. Hardly a rant, unless everything critical of an answer of yours is by definition a rant.
No, you can disagree with me all you want, especially as I was off the mark. It's a rant when the asker is so upset about the written attacks that she contacts avvo to be removed from the system.