As of this post’s date, I have still never been contacted by any lawyers, never been sued for copyright infringement, and never given one red cent to the trolls at PicRights. The only thing I’ve heard out of them in years is a couple more of those first contact phishing emails.
While I am not an attorney, I am a creative professional who knows enough about copyright law to have kept myself out of trouble for the past 30 years. If you think you may have violated the law, you should consult an attorney, not some rando on the internet.
But if you’re 100% sure you haven’t done anything wrong, please don’t give these parasites your hard-earned money. Ignore them. Fight them. Troll them back. Waste their time. Just don’t pay them.
And by all means, share your experiences on your own website and social media. I can’t tell you how many people have emailed me over the past few years asking me if this site is real, and trying to find out if I ever got sued or had to pay out.
But I haven’t. You know why? Because fuck PicRights.