The threatening letter comes from License Compliance Services, on behalf of Trunk Archive, using an entity named Picscout, which is owned by Getty Images. In it, they claim that we somehow engaged in copyright infringement with the cover of our Spring 2012 issue.
But it gets even better. You see, not only are they trying to get us to pay them for using a few ink splotches, but as it turns out, the ink splotches don’t belong to them in the first place! Our cover artist happened to keep meticulous records (probably not something they anticipated) and traced the source of the ink splotches to a Finnish artist…
Who licenses the licensors…
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