Royal Oak, MI asked in Copyright for Michigan

Q: I have received a letter from a law firm indicating that a photograph I used on my personal website was copyrighted.

They asked that i remove the photo, which I did, and are also asking that I pay them $6750.00 for the last six months that the photo was used. This photo was taken off of Google search and had I been asked by the copyright owner to take it down sooner, it would have been done immediately. This is a personal website. I am not a business and do not profit from it. The photo would not have been used had I known it was copyrighted in the first place. How should I respond to their letter?

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Will Blackton
Will Blackton
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC

A: How you should respond depends on a lot of factors not available in your question. It's a strategic decision best left to an attorney with experience in copyright infringement actions.

Attorneys on this ask-a-lawyer board are going to be unwilling to answer your question, partly because more information is needed to give a helpful response and partly because, if you act on that advice and it turns out badly, the attorney has created a lot of trouble for him/herself.

Contact an attorney directly for further assistance.

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