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You can send an invoice for web use thus far and it makes no difference if they remove the images - they've already used them. A solicitor's letter doesn't cost much and will probably encourage them to pay.
It all comes down to the integrity of this company. If they already have a string of CCJs, they'll know just how pathetic the County Court system really is so you'll have to either take it straight to the High Court or chalk it up to experience.
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The company sounds pretty ruthless. I suspect they will remove the photos from their website and then ignore you.
Which is why I suggest you get screen captures of all the pages with your images on them as evidence - if you are bent on trying to make them pay.
Be careful though. The Cheddar Gorge Company have been known to make people disappear.
Plenty of caves to hide the bodies!
Agree wholeheartedly with previous comments.
Take screenshots and issue an invoice.
From the sound of it they don't respect their elders so a lowly photographer probably wont scare them. But an invoice just might go through their system.
Keep us all informed how you get on.
Update: As I said I wrote to my manager with whom I've always had a great working relationship and he has submitted a request to head office (Longleat) that I get paid the "going rate" for my pictures so we'll see what happens!
That's good to hear, Michael. Fingers crossed then!
Just in case I have now taken screen shots of all screens with my pix in them so belts and braces!
Any further news?
Yes. I have been told that Longleat agree that I should be paid for my pictures............ holding breath............
Hope you've got all this in writing (e.g. email) and not just verbal assurances.
Well Longleat have come up with an offer. £250!! I feel quite insulted that that is all they think a dozen of my wildlife pictures are worth on their website!
My manager says if I don't like it they'll remove them and put stock pictures on there. Barstewards!
Quote: My manager says if I don't like it they'll remove them and put stock pictures on there
Yes, that's what you are up against. If they go to a microstock site they could get a dozen pics for less than £10.
Yep, CB is right, they could just go to a micro stock agency & for that sort of price you have to think why not, much as we might not like it as photographers. You've either got to take the money or not. Don't forget that if you are invoicing them you need to be registered with the IR & be filling in your tax retrurns as well, just in case they see your invoice.
I think my only weapon is that the pictures are of the actual animals on their land. Anyway, I've made a counter offer so hopefully they will bargain a bit, not just remove them.
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