What should I do after I receive the Abmahnung?
As written above, you urgently need to submit a declaration to cease and desist. If you did not understand the above or the applicable law, it would be best for you to seek legal counsel with knowledge of the German Copyright Act.
However, please be aware that on the internet, many lawyers use PhotoClaim as an easy way to get clients. You may be offered help by paying a small fixed fee, but limited to the outside of court proceedings. Some lawyers make a business out of sending copy and paste replies to the lawyers above, then not replying to any further messages. That way the photographer is forced to protect their rights in court, giving rise to additional costs, which are usually also charged by the lawyer who represents you.
Bear in mind that in the cases that we have detected for our photographers, no lawsuit for damages was ever lost. If you have financial troubles, please contact the lawyer who ordered you to cease and desist as soon as possible to find a solution.