Hello, my name is Roger Whitcomb I have my own website dedicated to my Military Aviation Photography which is www.milairpix.com
About three years ago I was watching a programme on the History Channel and noticed that one of the images used in the programme was mine, it was used without my permission, also, a copyright notice that was on the image had been physically removed!
I tried to get payment from the History Channel for the use of this image. After months of emails going backwards and forwards an offer of payment was made to me. I got back in touch with my contact to discuss the offer further and was informed that the Production Company had gone bankrupt. I seemed to be back at square one!
I didn't know what to do from here so I let the matter lie but vowed I would restart my claim if I found out the programme had been retransmitted. This occurred at the end of March this year on Sky.
I've tried contacting the History Channel via email and a letter sent recorded delivery but I've had absolutely no response, what should my next step be?
Can anyone help? I am on benefit due to ill health so money is very restricted.
Cheers, many thanks, Roger Whitcomb
This article on copyright protection advises people who think their intellectual property rights have being infringed to send a warning letter to the alleged infringer. It sounds like you have already done this, but you may not have spoken with a solicitor yet. You can find a quality-assured practitioner who specialises in copyright in your area for free via a solicitor referral service like Contact Law.
Depending on your circumstances, a solicitor may advise commencing legal action. To read about litigation and lodging a claim for copyright infringement, visit FindLaw’s Litigation Centre.
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