I have received the identical email message from two different senders indicating I have images that belong to them that I should remove or suffer a potential lawsuit. They provide a link for me to download a file of the images in question. When I click the link it opens a new window with a message that if the download hasn't started automatically to click on an image. When I click on the image no download starts.

I wonder if they are spreading a virus.

Here is the letter, does it look kosher?


From: Annie
Subject: Re: (site URL deleted) Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Copyright Violation Notification

Message Body:
Hello there!

My name is Annie.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this doc with the URLs to my images you used at (site URL deleted) and my previous publication to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

(link deleted) think you have willfully violated my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $120,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials described above. Please take note as a service provider, the Dmca demands you, to remove and terminate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you don't stop the use of the aforementioned copyrighted content a legal action will likely be commenced against you.

I have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the legal copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Annie Gray

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Triblu Premium
Hey Joe,

Here's a video to help you: When I received a complaint from a vendor regarding a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Copyright Violation Notification, he stated the EXACT URL of the image... and I simply added a large white privacy image over top of that image, and added text stating "image removed at vendor's request."

This complied with he DMCA standards and all was settled.

Hope this helps you.
j52powell Premium
That's very useful, Trish. Thanks. I had forgotten you had done this training which I looked at before.

AndyN1 Premium
A lot of good advice already posted here. But if there is any doubt in your mind, and as others have noted copyright infringement is serious and you don't want to end up on the nasty side of that, it should be safe to respond to the email saying you were not able to find the images they are claiming you are using and ask them to be more specific. From a legal perspective if you keep the conversation going then that shows you are engaging and that is in your favour. If they do have a case and if you ignore it then that can place you in a bad situation. Also, as you engage and s you are serious that will tend to winkle out if they are not serious and scamming. They will just back away or start making ridiculous demands.

But as others have said, this is most likely a scam.
Good luck
j52powell Premium
Good idea, Andy. I'll do that. Thanks a lot.

feigner Premium
you should be able to find the sender address from the email and if it is genuine then a quick search in google for the last bit will show something up....
copyright violation is something to take seriously as it can cost a lot of money...
but if there are no images referenced then in the email then they don't have anything...
i have seen genuine ones and they state which article and which image to help you take them out...
others are not so lucky and are taken straight to court ...
so always be careful where you get your images from...

j52powell Premium
Thanks a lot, Phil
Jude81 Premium
I got a similar email the other day, and that was spam. Site support confirmed with me this was a scam.

Good luck,
j52powell Premium
I'll check with site support. Thanks.
jofa Premium
This looks like another "copyright-protected images scam". Just Google that and you will see blog warnings that are exactly the mail they did to you.

Since you know how you get your images....I won't bother about this if I were you.

Note: Never click those links "Phishing SCAM Alert: Beware Fake Email Claiming Copyright"


j52powell Premium
Hey John. Thanks. Unfortunately I did click, so hopefully McAfee will give me some protection.