Trying to charge me for using my own image

I just received a demand in the post from what looks like a reputable stock image company who shall (for the moment) remain nameless for payment for my use of this image on this blog.

Will tourists be standing in line just to photograph the Orbit Tower in 50 years time?  Source - my original image taken April 2007
Will tourists be standing in line just to photograph the Orbit Tower in 50 years time?
Source – my original image taken April 2007

 

Extract from my reply:

“I recently received a letter to my home address re an image used on my personal blog. The image is from my own collection, was taken in Paris in 2007 and uploaded to Flickr. The same image of the Eiffel Tower from below must appear in literally millions of other people’s photos!
You can see my original image here
https://flic.kr/p/9Nrih4
As you can see it was taken in April 2007
Like all my images it carries a Creative Commons license.
I trust the matter is now settled.”

 

A quick image search reveals many similar photos. It’s an iconic landmark after all.  Millions must have stood where I did and taken this exact shot. I wonder if they will pursue them all?

As it happens my photo has a Creative Commons license so anyone can use it on their website, and I hope lots of people will! Still I wonder how many will be approached and  cough up the £350 to “amicably settle the matter” and never realise?

 

 

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