These demands are serious matters. US Copyright Law provides big penalties, even when you did not profit from your use of the image or you thought it was free. A judge recently awarded one of Higbee’s client’s $48,000 for the use of one image (see court documents).
That being said, there are often ways to fight back and challenge the demands. Fighting back can often result in you paying less than demanded or nothing at all.
However, you will need a competent lawyer who is skilled at challenging these tactics. Do not trust the outcome of a serious legal matter to advice from bloggers on non-attorneys who are there to give you bad advice for free in hopes of you paying for more advice when you get in deep legal trouble.
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