Advice on copyright infringement
I have been involved in some social media campaign and we hired a graphic designer on the internet to create a gif (moving image). That gif was posted in my client's google plus page and 8 months later a lawyer comes up and says the picture used is my client's and you have to pay this fine 1600 euro.
Of course neither me or my client knew that the image was copyrighted but as soon as we got the email we removed the image from the google plus page
the laywer's last explanation was
The law requires you to do all of the following:
1. To immediately remove my client's photograph and not make it any more publicly available in any way.
2. To sign a penalty-enforced declaration to cease and desist to ensure my client that you do not use his photograph in future.
3. To reimburse my client for the damages, meaning to pay the amount of the licensing fee that would have been due if you would have bought a license.
4. To reimburse my client for the legal costs incurred due to the prosecution of the infringement.
For the moment being you fulfilled only the first obligation.Click to expand...
what would you suggest we do ... since we did not even know that this was an image copyrighted in the final