Hello everyone and happy Tuesday, I got an email this morning saying that there may be a possible copyright issue here is the email.
Possible Copyright Issue
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Content Petit
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8:05 AM (1 hour ago)
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Greetings,



You are using my client’s (https://indoorgardenook.com/15-stunning-anthurium-varieties-you-need-to-know-about/) image (attached below) in one of your articles (https://gardenofedengardencenter.com/growing-anthurium). We are glad that it is of use to you.

There is no issue if you’ve bought this from our market partners such as Shutterstock, iStock, Getty Image, Pexels, Adobe, or Pixabay.

However, if you don’t have the proper license for the image, then we request you to provide image credits (clickable link) on your article. Or else this will be against the copyright policy.

Unfortunately, removing the image isn’t the solution since you have been using our image on your website for a while now.

Feel free to ask any questions that you may have.



Best regards,

Dave Miles,

Contentpetit.website

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Now the thing is that I use Pixaby and stay on the free side, after I got this email I double-check the photos on Pixaby and they are on the free side as I knew they would be. The persons involved are waiting on my response how should I proceed? Thanks so much for your help!!!!!

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Dpiper Premium
Hi Author, did you see what image they were talking about? If so I would make sure the it wasn't listed on the pay side as well. If it is than giving them credit for the image would be the right thing to do. However I would make sure that the link was a safe one. Hope this helped... Donna
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Nrichards Premium
Hello, I saw the image and it was on the free side. Thanks so much for your help.
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Dpiper Premium
Anytime
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techhound Premium
You may want to search for the image on the partner websites like Shutterstock. If it exists on these partner sites, you may want to take that into consideration as being a legitimate request.

I can't offer legal advice, but Pixabay and several others may not back you up with their images being valid. They are supposedly not required to, either. If they allow any random person to sign up and submit content, any random person can submit any image whether they have rights to it or not.

Here is the terms of service for Pixabay:
https://pixabay.com/service/terms/

In it, is the following statement:
"You accept that even though we do our best to prevent it from happening, Pixabay cannot be held responsible for the acts or omissions of its users, including any misuse or abuse of any Content you upload."

There are other statements in these terms that I would find troublesome and should be read by everyone using these types of websites.

It's odd that a scammer would send you a letter without wanting some monetary solution for the infraction. In your case, they are asking you to include attribution (image credits). Therefore, it seems like it may be a legit inquiry.

If all they are asking for is attribution, it sounds like you've got nothing to lose by providing that.

The best advice is to seek legal advice for matters such as these.
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Nrichards Premium
Thanks so much for your advice, will look into this.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Good answers, Norman! I would also consider it spam!

Jeff
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Nrichards Premium
Good morning, how are you? These are some great advice from the community I am so happy for your help. Thanks again and all the best to you. Have a good day.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Thank you, Norman! you have a GREAT day as well! I learned a few things here too from the answers you received!

Jeff
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Nrichards Premium
You as well and all the best to you.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Thank you, Norman!

Jeff
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Rex10 Premium
If you decide to respond. Take a screen shot of the image from Pixabay showing it as a free image and simply tell them that their issue, apparently, is with Pixabay.

Otherwise, I would just ignore them. They are simply trying to scare people into sending them money for images they most likely don't even own.


Rex
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Nrichards Premium
Thank you so so much for your advice and will look into what you are advising. All the best to you and have a good day.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I worked out which image you are talking about, and as you say, it's clearly marked as free to use. I suspect if you reply to the email, it will eventually lead to a demand for money. I would ignore it. Perhaps let Pixabay know.
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Nrichards Premium
Thanks so much for your help, I will watch to see what they say and will follow your advice. Thanks again and have a good day.
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