A photographer’s DIY guide to getting paid for copyright infringements
Unlike other copyright books for photographers that only discuss copyright law, Photo Repo shows you how to take matters into your own hands and enforce the law. During the three months it took me to write the book, I settled thirty-three copyright infringement cases for $14,665.00 without an attorney or a lawsuit. I’ve been successfully enforcing the copyrights for my photographs for three years, and now everything I’ve learned is available to you in Photo Repo. It’s now time for you to take back your work and demand to be paid!
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TAKE BACK YOUR WORK!
DEMAND TO BE PAID!
Whether you are a professional photographer or a talented enthusiast, if you posted photographs on the Internet, there is a good chance that a business is using them for commercial purposes. You wouldn’t simply ask a car thief to give back your car after he put 20,000 miles on it, and you shouldn’t ask a company that has been promoting its products and services with the help of your photographs to simply remove them. You demand to be paid. But do you sic an Intellectual Property attorney on the culprit right off the bat, someone who will demand a fee so steep that an unwitting business owner is going to have trouble sleeping at night? Or is there a more ethical way to go about this?
Photo Repo is a photographer’s guide to getting paid for copyright infringements in an ethical manner by dealing directly with copyright infringers and first offering them a reasonable settlement option before involving attorneys and lawsuits. The book covers the following topics:
- Basics of copyright law as it pertains to photographs
- Registering your photos with the U. S. Copyright Office
- Finding unauthorized uses of your photos
- Separating pursuable cases from time wasters
- Tracking down infringers who don’t want to be found
- Collecting evidence to support your infringement claim
- Determining a proper settlement fee
- Communicating with infringers
- The key to success: the follow-up letter
- Finding an Intellectual Property attorney who wants your unpaid cases
INCLUDES A DEMAND LETTER TEMPLATE THAT GETS RESULTS
Three Reasons Why You Should Enforce Your Photograph Copyrights On Your Own
Attorneys and Copyright Enforcement Services have hundreds of photographer clients just like you, and it could take one or more months for them to even get to your case. Once they do send a demand letter, the typical settlement takes another two to three months. By handling copyright enforcement on your own, you can have a demand letter in the mail the same day you discover the infringement, and if an infringer is going to pay at all, it will be within a month. If you want money now, you must handle the collection side of copyright enforcement yourself.