Losing the proof of permission

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Halie0201
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Losing the proof of permission

Post by Halie0201 » Thu May 31, 2018 2:05 am

I purchased the license of using images from a stock image website long ago and the proof and account cannot be found now. Recently the copyright holder file a copyright notice to me and claim the copyright. In this case, if the website where I purchased the images cannot provide the proof and history of my order, and the copyright holder insisted to claim that I haven't been authorized to use the image, what can I do prove myself? If I cannot prove myself, what's the worst result for me? Will I fail if I was sued?

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Re: Losing the proof of permission

Post by AndyJ » Thu May 31, 2018 6:49 am

Hi Halie,

It seems strange that the website which provided the image and licence cannot provide details of your transaction. If they could, that would obviously support your defence. Are they denying that the transaction took place, or merely that they have deleted the details? If it's the latter, how does the copyright owner know that you don't hold a licence? Could the licence have lapsed since it was a obtained a long time ago?

But without the licence and any evidence of the transaction, I'm afraid you will find it very hard to defend yourself, either in trying to settle the claim or if the matter does go to court. The best you can do is see if you have any secondary evidence such as a credit card payment to support your version of events.
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