How do you calculate your copyright payments?
Whenever the copyright of your images is infringed, as an author, you are entitled to DAMAGES. We calculate those in accordance with the MFM tables which serve as a valid and useful orientation for fair, market-based damages. If interested, you can read more about the MFM tables here. Once the damages are calculated, it is time to prepare the documents and this is when the DOCUMENTATION cost is added. Apart from that, there are also some LEGAL FEES involved. If you do the math quickly now, you get the answer to your initial question: the payment that you receive from PhotoClaim constitutes of the transfer from opponent reduced by the documentation cost (if applicable) and legal fees. We charge 35% on the damages for our service only when the case is settled.
Every day we look for areas to improve. Having received some questions concerning the calculations, the final email announcing your payment now also includes detailed information on settlements. All the initial claims, followed by the received payment, recouped damages and the % initially claimed can be found in a table enclosed in additional documents that we send to you via email. Recouped lawyers, document and legal costs are also listed there.