Michael Hilsheimer on behalf Masterfile just sent out a new extortion letter, not only are they “demanding” over 12K per image, it looks like they have made some other changes, such as including registration information, and an “artist agreement” as well as attaching blank papers that resemble the filing of a lawsuit..most likely to add to the “fear factor” to send a message to recipients, “Pay us, or this is the next step.” I will be working to get a copy of the blak lawsuit filing to add to this post.
A couple notes of which I will probably add too after reading thru and digesting the entire packet of documents.
1. You may verify Masterfile’s ownership by visiting www.masterfile.com – yup thats solid proof that they own the image, and the image has been registered PROPERLY
In case anyone is interested I OWN THE MOON!!, YES I do!! I have apicture of it on my website, anybody that looks at the moon should give me money, better yet, they should give me all of their money! NOW!
2. second image in question “Hand Holding Compass” just happens to be listed on this site as well
The above site does mention masterfile, and that the image is Rights Managed, but is it not “odd” that the image is watermarked with “visualphotos.com???
Artists Agreement Dated April 1, 2003 –
section 16.1 states the agreement will remain in force for a term of 3 years, and be automatically renewed for 1 year terms, until such time as Masterfile ot Artist gives written notice of termination…
It’s awfully nice of MF to supply these agreements, however it seems to me that they should also supply solid proof that the contract was never terminated by themselves or the artist. So once again providing this document means nothing, nada, zilch!