A German Company is Attempting to Extort Money from SCARS for Displaying Evidence Photos!
As a part of our process to alert crime victims of the uses of stolen photos, SCARS displays such photos with the appropriate disclaimer.
Such use is a normal part of “Fair Use” under international copyright conventions and United States copyright law. In addition, since SCARS is a legal nonprofit, its use does not constitute commercial use.
SCARS has reported this attempt at extortion to the relevant U.S. and European law enforcement.
HERE IS THE EXTORTION DEMAND RECEIVED
Dear Sir or Madam,
Thank you for your reply.
For your convenience, we have reattached the documents and provided screenshots of the documents within the email.
All details of the use can be found in the attached documentation. The Case Report contains screenshots of the use and links to the webpage. The proforma invoice demonstrates the Post-License fee associated with the use. The authorization letter, signed by the rightsholder, sanctions us to offer retroactive Post-Licensing on their behalf. The image