I just wanted to run this past a few of you to gauge your opinions (and maybe even your levels of anger?)
Last year, I was approached by a leisure company and asked to quote a price to take some photos of their sites for web and print. The agreed price was £700 ($1100). A few days later, the photography was completed, around 500 images edited and sent back to them, as well as an invoice for £700.
Six weeks later, the invoice unpaid, the manager raised issues with me (only after I prompted a response) about the "quality and composition" of the images. After many emails, this amounted to the fact that they didn't like the style in which they had been shot. It's worth pointing out here that I am not a pro and I sent them examples prior to the agreement.
The invoice went unpaid and in order to keep my blood pressure low, I walked away, thinking that I'd learn from the experience for next time.
Move on a year and I find that the company is currently using 41 of my images on its website and Facebook pages. These images have been reproduced a total of 350 times over 83 individual web pages, in various sizes from thumbnails to full size images. Needless to say, I'm far from happy and am preparing my initial contact.
Clearly there has been an infringement of my copyright as I was never paid for my work and they knew this. Yet they still went ahead and chose the images that they did like and used them anyway.
Following the ruling in the Hoffman case in January this year (http://www.bailii.org …+(+abuse+)&method=boolean), I am trying to place a value on my images. Some of the images have been used many times, one in particular, has been reproduced 76 times either as a main image or a thumbnail, and I think that this shows that the company placed a high value on the image.
I'm waiting to find out if they have used any in printed brochures yet, as I've only done web based research. If they have, then I'm sure that this will raise the value of the images significantly.
At the moment, I'm looking at asking for £100 ($160) per image used plus interest. I have no doubt that there will be negotiation on this, but I'd be interested to see what others think and if they have been in a similar situation.