PicRights Ltd. on behalf of Agence France-Presse
3 Concorde Gate, Suite 209
Toronto, ON, Canada M3C 3N7
Telephone: +1 888 367 7778, https://www.picrights.com/
August 14, 2019
Via physical mail and email
Image License Validation for Agence France-Presse – Reference Number: 3959-2637-3720
Dear Business Owner,
As an introduction, PicRights Ltd. (“PicRights”) provides licensing compliance services to third-party content owners, including Agence France-Presse. Please note that PicRights is not a law firm and I am not a lawyer. PicRights has noticed that imagery represented by Agence France-Presse has been displayed on your website. Agence France-Presse has been unable to find a license for this usage of the imagery by your company. Therefore we are acting on behalf of Agence France-Presse to obtain compensation for your unauthorized past use of their imagery.
At the end of this message, we’ve attached a visual reference of the imagery and its use on your website.
Our goal in contacting you is to ascertain if you hold an active license for this use with Agence France-Presse or with any other entity authorized by Agence France-Presse to license and distribute the imagery:
- If you do have an active license for the use of this imagery, we kindly ask you to send us your valid license / authorization, by visiting https://resolve.picrights.com/395926373720 and clicking the “I have a license…” link; or
- If you do not have an active license for the use of this imagery, we request that you remove the imagery from your website.
- Please be aware that removal of the imagery alone will not resolve this issue. We also require payment of compensation in the amount of $948.00 for the past unauthorized usage of the imagery.
- Please contact us to resolve this matter at +1 888 367 7778 or email@example.com or by visiting: https://resolve.picrights.com/395926373720.
We would like to resolve this time-sensitive issue as soon as possible and request that you respond within 14 days from the date of this correspondence.
If you believe you have received this notice in error or have questions, please contact us with your reference number 3959-2637-3720 at +1 888 367 7778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of PicRights and Agence France-Presse, we thank you for your cooperation and look forward to assisting you in resolving this matter.
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This correspondence is without prejudice to PicRights’s and Agence France-Presse’s, rights and remedies, all of which are expressly reserved.
Catalog Image No. AFP_14Y0PT
Proof of use
Catalog Image No. AFP_15T3N9
Proof of use
Page URL: http://www.ezzat.com/blog
Those photographs are part of an art project in which I photoshopped Donald Trump out of 100 photographs from the news over the course of 100 days.
This highly-transformative, non-commercial use is protected under Section 107 of the US Copyright Act as fair use, so naturally I will neither be removing them nor paying any fees to license them.
Confidential/For Settlement Purposes Only
August 15, 2019
Thank you for your email.
The Image is licensed solely for editorial purposes (to inform or illustrate newsworthy events and not to promote products or services) and the primary market for the Image is for educational or informational purposes — the same purpose as to how your client has used the Image. Based on the same rationale, there would be hardly any market for this Image because it is almost always used for similar reasons as to how you used the Image.
Infringement arises if the whole or a substantial part of an image has been copied. Any use of a manipulated file or derivative work (e.g. cropping, color changes, layering, rotating, etc) without a license from the copyright holder still constitutes copyright infringement. While your company has been using a modified version of the image in question, we believe a substantial part of the original image has been copied.
The image published on your website is a rights-managed image represented exclusively by Agence France-Presse (AFP) and its appointed sub-agents worldwide. The use of rights-managed image represented by Agence France-Presse (AFP) requires a license covering each and every use. By using their copyright-protected image without license or authorization you infringed Agence France-Presse (AFP) copyright and payment of an applicable retroactive license is required to resolve the matter completely.
In order to settle this matter amicably Picrights has reduced the fee by 50% to $474.00. Kindly go to https://resolve.picrights.com/3959-2637-3720 , click on the payment button and follow the instruction to pay via credit card or PayPal. This final reduction will be available to you through (08/25/2019), by which time payment must be received or the offer will be withdrawn.
Under the Question section Click on “Additional Supporting Documents” and you will find a copy of the Settlement agreement and Release, Statement of Authorization, Confirmation of Rights Holdership and Request for Payment.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
T: +1 888 367 7778
I really appreciate the very generous 50% discount offer you extended and, as one might expect, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and praying on this important issue over the past few days. Here’s the decision I have reached:
I would ask that you please to refer back to Section 107 of the US Copyright Act I mentioned in my previous email which describes fair use exceptions to copyright claims, particularly as it pertains to satire and criticism. Now then, if you would be so kind, please print out that page and laminate it so stays nice and stiff and doesn’t start to break down too quickly. Now, take that laminated sheet and roll it up into a reeeeeally tight, rigid tube, and then vigorously insert it right up your smarmy fraudster ass, you repugnant copyright troll.
Since you make your despicable living bottom-feeding off artists and bloggers who don’t know their rights and are scared by the bullshit legal-ese scam you’ve put together here, you’ve inspired me to register FuckPicRights.com. I’m just going to point it toward my aforementioned photoshop project for now, but I’m eager to compile enough scam emails from you to launch a new site dedicated entirely you and your slimy organization.
So please write back soon, and write back often—your adoring public awaits, you semi-sentient slug. I look forward to receiving my forthcoming 75% discount offer.
Hugs, kisses, and a big ol’ pox on your whole motherfucking house,
Webmaster, Founder & CEO
Confidential/For Settlement Purposes Only
August 22, 2019
Thanks for your charming email.
We will now be withdrawing our offer and forwarding this matter to our attorneys in the U.S. to proceed with further action.
We reserve all our rights and remedies whether legal or equitable.
T: +1 888 367 7778
From: Ziad Ezzat Lagos-Nigeria Tel: 234-80-34069502
Dear Geoff Beal,
This letter is not intended to to cause any embarrassment but just to contact your esteem self-following the knowledge of your high repute and trustworthiness.
I am Ziad ,the son of the late Nigerian Head of State who died on the 8th of June 2019.If you are conversant with world news,you would understand better,while I got your contacts through my personal research.Please,I need your assistance to make this happen and please; do not undermine it because it will also be a source of upliftment to you also.You have absolutely nothing to loose in assisting us instead, you have so much to gain.
The then head of state General Xander Crews,transferred the money through a Lebanese businessman, Danny Thomas and a Jewish business man, Jeffrey Epstein to bank accounts overseas,Instead,he used PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS (PIN) and declared the contents as Bearer Bonds and Treasury Bills. Also the firm issued him with a certificate of deposit of the consignments notes, which I have these information in my custody now.
You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the recovery of various huge sums of money deposited by my late father in different Banks and security firms abroad. Some of these banks and security firms willingly gave-/divulge their banking secrets and disclosed to the present civilian administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,about my family’s cash lodgement and monetary transactions with them.
Please my dear,I repose great confidence in you and I hope you will not betray my confidence in you.I have secretly deposited the sum of $30,000,000.00 with a security firm abroad whose name is withheld for now until we open communications.The money is contained in a metal box consignment with Security Deposit Number 009GM.
I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your Bank account for safekeeping. This arrangement is known to you and my junior brother (Zamil) only. So I will deal directly with you.I am proposing a 20% share of the fund to you for your kind assistance.I shall provide for you all the documents of the fund deposit with the security firm, and raise a power of attorney to enable you claim and receive this fund into your bank account.I have done a thorough homework and fine-tuned the best way to create you as the beneficiary to the funds and effect the transfer accordingly.Is rest assured that the modalities I have resolved to finalize the entire project guarantees our safety and the successful transfer of the funds.So, you will be absolutely right when you say that this project is risk free and viable.If you are capable and willing to assist, contact me at once via email with following details:
1. YOUR NAME
2. POSTAL ADDRESS
3. PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
Also this transaction demands absolute confidentiality.On no condition must you disclose it to anybody irrespective of your relation with the person.Remember,Loose lips sinks ship.I am looking forward to your urgent and positive response via my email address above.
Hey Geoff! U up?
It’s me again. I haven’t heard from you in a couple of days and I’m starting to get bored. 🙁
Also, I just wanted to let you know the good news. My new domain, FuckPicRights.com, is up and running and pointing at my blog now. I’m putting all our love letters up there for all to see! It’s a bit quick-and-dirty, but I think it does the job.
Oh, and I made this cool logo, too!
I know, I know…it looks a bit like your logo and you’ll probably get all butt-hurt and want to sue me over that as well, but it’s not your logo—it’s a parody of your logo. Satire! You see, I’ve modified your logo to act as a sort of visual commentary as what a verminous dumpster-fire you are. Get it? Cool.
I’m not selling anything, not going to slap it on any products, and not going to make any money off it whatsoever. I created it solely for the purpose of mocking you. ART!
Anyway, let me know how much I owe you for the licensing of your logo, so I can tell you to go get fucked again. I really enjoyed it the first time around.
Oh, and I’m really eager to hear from your “attorneys in the US,” although I suspect that phrase is just the Canadian version of “my girlfriend in Canada.”
So are they going to call me? I hope they do, because I would really love to add some audio to this saga. Between you and me, I really want to get a lot of fresh content on FuckPicRights.com so I can climb up the Google rankings quickly. That way, the people you try to extort money from will quickly find my site and realize that they can just give you the finger and laugh instead of their hard-earned cash.
Anyway, I realize I was a little gruff in my previous email. Just know that, whatever happens between us, I will always have nothing but the highest disdain and contempt for you. You can take that to the bank, and that’s all you can take to the bank, you disgusting thief.
Drown in a septic tank,