A few months back, I published
an article concerning Women's Health. And in that
article, I needed to show an example of a mammogram machine.
So I did what all energetic, low level and unfunded web
designers do; I searched on the internet, found the picture
I wanted and saved it to my PC. I then proceeded to
resize it, clean it up a bit before inserting it into my
Just the other day, my son
Sean received a letter from Getty Images, addressed
to me, demanding $700 for the use of their picture in my
article else they would sue me for copyright infringement.
I guess their research told them that my pockets are
sufficiently deep so as to withstand the cost of their legal
Those of you who know me, know
of my general disdain for authority. I like to buck
the system and ridicule corporate assholes but I did what
would do in this situation, I caved in.
I removed the offending picture
from my website and promptly replaced it with a new (and
potentially illegal) one.
However, since I am a believer in all
things happening for a reason, I want to extend my thanks to
Getty Images for bringing to my attention this egregious
error. In doing so, I have improved the article by
using a picture of much higher quality.
Here is the link to the (now corrected and improved)
God bless America and our
wonderful legal system!