Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to exploit individuals and organizations. As a nonprofit or small business, staying vigilant and protecting yourself from photo copyright infringement scams is crucial. In this informative PSA episode, Susan Finch from All-Volunteer, All Heart from Binky Patrol shares her recent experience with a suspicious email claiming image copyright violations. With the help of an IP attorney friend, Susan dissects the red flags in the email and provides valuable insights on handling such situations. She also offers practical advice on sourcing legitimate images for your website and the importance of having access to legal counsel for your organization. Join us as we explore these critical issues and learn how to safeguard your nonprofit or small business from falling victim to these deceptive schemes. Stay informed, stay protected, and stay focused on making a positive impact in your community.



Key Points:

  1. Be cautious when using images on your website, and ensure you have the rights to use them.
  2. Consider sourcing images from reputable stock photo websites, hiring a professional photographer, or finding a volunteer.
  3. Be wary of suspicious emails claiming copyright infringement, especially those with unprofessional language or sketchy links.
  4. Do not click on links in suspicious emails, as they may be attempts to extort money or gain access to sensitive information.
  5. Consult with an IP attorney or legal professional if you receive a suspicious email or have concerns about copyright infringement.
  6. Consider having a legal consultant on call to review any potential legal issues.
  7. Get to know your volunteers and their professional backgrounds, as they may be able to offer valuable expertise to your organization.