Copyright Trolls

July 1, 2015
Attention: IMPORTANT NOTICE TO WEBSITE OWNERS
Copyright Trolls (From the internet)
Copyright troll is a pejorative term for a party that enforces copyrights it owns for purposes of making money through litigation, in a manner considered unduly aggressive or opportunistic, generally without producing or licensing the works it owns for paid distribution.
Image companies search the internet looking for what they claim is copyright infringement on images, they lay claim to millions of images on the internet. They then try to seek exorbitant damages by way of threatening letters and increasing amounts when they are not settled. When we build sites we search for free images, but according to these internet trolls, that is no protection from copyright. According to searches I have done, the U.S. courts have taken a dim view on these companies practices. Now they are moving their suite practices to Canada. From what I read the Canadian government has limits on unintentional use of a copyright image which is minimal. However according to these trolls it is the end user that becomes responsible to determine if they are using a protected image.

 

Please be aware of this and if you have reason to believe an image may fall into this category, have it removed from your site or have me remove it.
PERSONALLY I WOULD NOT PAY THEM A DIME, AS I FEEL THEY ARE LOADING THE INTERNET WITH IMAGES FOR THIS SOLE PURPOSE. BUT THE CAN BECOME VERY IRITATING AND INTIMIDATING WITH THEIR DEMANDS FOR RETRIBUTION. I BELEIVE IF SOMEONE OWNS SOMETHING, IT SHOULD CONTAIN AN UNDERSTANDABLE MARK, SO A PERSON KNOWS. DON”T PUT YOUR UNMARKED STUFF IN MY YARD AND THEN LAY CLAIM TO IT.

 

They don’t seem to go after large companies or corporations, small businesses and non-profits seem to be their main target because of their intimidation to pay tactics.
In either case to avoid being harassed I would advise reviewing your website for images that could cause this irritant. Any future websites I create will require the customer to supply their own images.
This may also include any posters with clip art you or advertising companiescreate for you that you post on the internet.

Scams

Many scams exist and if you are not sure always check with the person whom you originally set up your website or purchased your domain name.

1. One scam is to receive bills hooking you up to direct payments, we at DataHelps.com do not take payment by email, paypal, direct banking or any other form of online payment.

2. Below are two forms of solicitation or scam that leads you to believe you owe someone something. If you get an email like this, it is a scam to try and trick you into their service.

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