Mythbuster – Three Xs License Fee for Infringement

Photographers often find that their photos have been infringed. They sometimes send the infringer an invoice at three times their normal license fee in an attempt to resolve the issue.

Mythbuster – The “Three Xs License Fee for Infringement,” while it may be an industry standard, is not a legal right given by any court of law or statute. Instead, the law states that you are entitled to actual or statutory damages for infringement as provided by 17 U.S.C. Chapter 5, specifically section 504.

The damages that you can receive from infringement – especially if you timely register your photographs – sometimes can amount to a lot more than three times your normal license fee. Next time you’re infringed, you may want to think 2x before you send the 3x letter.

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