We’ve recently had to deal with a quite interesting copyright claim against the company.
In 2014, the old staff of DRSC Publishers published an article that used a picture that had been embedded on the website. Embedding means inserting a link and the picture will be retrieved from the website hosting it, therefore not really being hosted on our website. This is what is also done with tweets and such. In theory, this means that embedding shouldn’t be breaking the copyright.
Turns out the old staff was wrong, or that, somewhere down the line, the law changed and that now even displaying copyrighted material can be problematic.
Recently, somebody managed to find an old picture copyrighted on our website that had been embedded, and hit us with a copyright claim, asking us to pay a penalty for wrongly using the image in question. After double-checking if the company requesting the payment was legitimate or not, and double-checking the contract sent together with the request, we accepted paying the amount asked, which was too much for the issue in question, but rather reasonable if we compare it to other, similar cases, where the “damages” claimed by the companies in question can go to up to thousands of dollars/euros.
In any case, we’ve taken care of the situation and made sure it won’t happen again by deleting all the other pictures that could cause issues in the future. It is interesting who these rights-managing companies target, as well as what can be targeted. From what we’ve read, there seems to be more and more cases of random people or companies targeted by these rights-managing companies, even if all they did was retweet, repost or embed a picture.