I received a call from the Chief Operating Officer from the largest peers of ours based in the United States. He informed me there was a picture on our website that was their property and that Frontier should use its own creative material.
I reflected for a moment "sheesh we haven't touched our site for years I wonder -" then it hit me. A case study from three years ago had a photo of a transit ad using one of their stock images. I took it down and called him back. He only seemed vaguely aware of the whole situation.
We have a dozen employees and as many clients. Over a million dollars per year is sent to Frontier and nearly as much each year out its doors. It's not tiny, but it's not a Fortune 500 company either.
Don't for a second think that there's no risk in business, but also don't think that lawyers protect you or help our clients. All spending decisions you make should be in service to your clients. I've found that this one isn't needed for them.