Want to make more? Get into the copyright extortion cartel!
Notice how carefully I said “make more” — not “earn more”.
Here’s how it works:
- License as many stock images as possible
- Create software that looks for these images online
- Identify which ones haven’t been paid for
- Bypass the usual cease-and-desist strategy, and go straight to sending extortion letters to website owners, demanding thousands of dollars in “settlements” for the “damages” caused.
It’s a pretty sweet way of making money from hapless, usually innocent “pirates” — assuming you have a giant-sized supply of stock images to “protect”, and no moral scruples whatever.
Like, for example, Getty Images (which owns iStockPhoto and Flickr).
My colleague Ryan Healy was recently sent one of these extortion letters, demanding $1,065 in settlements for an image that had been posted on his site by someone else 8 months previously. An image that costs $110 to license for two years.
He wrote about it here, and I thought it might help you hit your daily quota of righteous indignation — or at least moral outrage:
Kinda reminds me of the movie and recording industries, and how they seem to be shifting to a business model that revolves around getting laws made that treat their customers like criminals — rather than, I dunno, doing something crazy like producing content those customers actually want.
I guess it’s easier than earning an honest living.
Speaking of which, there are plenty of ways to do that — and plenty of strategies you can apply to make it easier. I teach the best ones here:
I don’t know whether it will be right for you, but why not check it out and decide for yourself?