ImageRights Copyright email saying I used an image. I took the image down as it was for only inspirational for photographer meetup I was planning. They're asking for a dollar amount that I don't have. I check them out and there in the states. I'm in Canada can they attack me?
Yes, they can come after you in Canada. Copyright infringement is a statutory crime, meaning you either posted a copyright protected image or you didn't. Fortunately "innocent infringement" is fined at a significantly lower amount than willing infringement. It is best to retain an attorney to avoid admission of guilt and to negotiate a fair settlement. If you can't afford an attorney, many law schools or charitable organizations offer free legal aid. Make sure the image was registered with the US Copyright office (as they can't sue if it wasn't registered), and the law firm is legitimate.
Peace be with you, and may love guide you.
We have dealt with Image Rights many times. They are unlikely to sue you because you are in Canada as they will not likely have jurisdiction unless you have a presence here in the States. They send out hundreds of letters per week and would not have the capacity to sue everyone they write to even if they wanted to. I suggest leaving it be for now and do not communicate with them until you contact a lawyer who is experienced in US copyright law. I am sure you can find on e that will give you a free consultation.
The answers given are informational only and do not constitute legal advice.
The odds that they anyone will invest in litigation over the use of one image on one webpage is pretty slim. They can in theory sue you in Canada however.
There are a number of ways you can approach this. Before you take any action, I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your best course in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
DISCLAIMER: this is not intended to be specific legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. No attorney-client relationship is formed with the law firm of Natoli-Legal, LLC on the basis of this posting.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.What determines Avvo Rating?Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline