They agreed to remove all of them except one giving the following explanation:
Now, as far as I know the DMCA was brought in to protect hosting companies and the likes from their users actions, BUT provided they adhered to several conditions. These I believe are referred to as "safe harbor" as set out in the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act.At this time, Google has decided not to take action. We encourage you to resolve any disputes directly with the individual who posted the content.
If you cannot reach an agreement and choose to pursue legal action against the individual who posted the content, and that action results in a judicial determination that the material is illegal or should be removed, please send us the court order seeking removal. In cases where the the individual who posted the content is anonymous, we may provide you with user information pursuant to a valid third party subpoena or other appropriate legal process against Google Inc.
In Section 512(c) of this act one of the criteria is given as "not having actual knowledge that it is hosting infringing material."
Obviously this is US law, but I assume the principle is very much the same in the UK.
Clearly this is not the case here.
In my limited knowledge of these things I would guess that Google are committing secondary copyright infringement. Is this correct?
Personally, I just want the image taking down. I assume I can threaten legal action in the UK if needs be?
Also, is it possible to pursue damages in such a case?