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I am not sure this is the right forum area but ..... I have had an interesting 24 hours after discovering a camera shop had stolen my image of a smashed D200 and lenses and used it as advertising for their repair department on line. Had they bought the image it probably would have cost them less than $50 I sent an invoice for $695 last night and followed up today to ask how they would like to pay ( they had removed the image from their web page first thing this morning ) They did not reply so I gave the manager a call and was told rudely that they had removed the image and they had only used it for a few months anyway. I thanked him for confirming the theft and asked how he would like to pay. I then spoke to the accounts officer who told me my charge was unreasonable and I had to immediately send them a "Proper invoice at a reasonable price by registered post " before they would consider if they paid. I made up a new invoice charging them $1,073 for time travel and postage. They immediately agreed to pay me the $695 I sent them a new invoice for $1175 for my time in making a new invoice and replying to their offer, I also got onto their head office ( Franchise owners ) and a photographers group on Face Book who bombarded the company FB page with comments about a camera store stealing photos and not respecting photographers. The upshot was I got a very pleasant call from the General Manager of the franchise saying they will be happy to pay $1,200 and supply a written apology, we agreed on that. It was an interesting day. If you find stolen photos it can be worthwhile following up