What to do if I unknowingly used a copyrighted picture as the background of my small pet sitting business website?

I received a regular USPS letter from an attorney stating that whether I took down the picture or not I am required to pay a large sum immediately. I don’t have that kind of money. Is that legal and do I have to pay the amount they requested?

Asked on October 11, 2014 under Business Law, Texas


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The attorney is right.  Under the Fair Use doctrine, even taking it down immediately does not mean you can not be hit with a suit and a fine.  I would spend your money wisely here and seek legal help in negotiating the matter.  It is a very expensive lesson learned.  Good luck.

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