So I got this email just a few minutes ago:
I have found my [name of photo] image on your blog and taken with out my permission. I charge a licensing fee to use my images on websites and this is lost revenue!! Since you took this with out asking you owe me $140.00 You can pay me via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or remove the image post haste!!
I removed the image…
First of all, if I find a photo through a GOOGLE search, I try to give it credit such as “Photo found on thiswesbite.com” or “photo taken by Joe Cool and posted on randomwebsite.com”.
This persons’ image, which was a photograph, not a drawing or painting, was on a website where he was selling the image. However, anyone could just right click and save the image to their computer. It was also initially found through a Google search. So, apparently he scours the interwebz on the lookout for his image being used? Yeah, good luck with that.
Or, maybe I’m missing some sort of “Emily Post” of rules about images on random blogs as I thought crediting a image where I KNOW where it comes from was enough? Can someone fill me in so I don’t do this again? Because $140 is freakin’ insane just for a small 200×200 pixel image on a blog. I’m not to good of friends with the concept of EXTORTION.