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A few days ago, we were accused of copyright infringement by a company that says it acts ‘on behalf’ of photographers whose work is shared without permission. To resolve the dispute, we only had to add a link to an entirely unrelated website. We denied this request but this black-hat SEO scheme is quite successful at other sites, including news outfits and even a university.

cautionAt TorrentFreak, we write about copyright issues on a daily basis. However, this week we find ourselves on the receiving end of an infringement claim.

A few days ago we received an email from Robert Bradley at The outfit accused us of using a photo in one of our articles without permission from the copyright holder.

Attribution Required

The email in question doesn’t identify the exact photo, nor is the photographer mentioned by name. However, the demands are crystal clear and quite unusual, as shown below.

Hello Ernesto,

You are using our client’s image in…

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