My company hired an external web designer to create our corporate website. The website was designed to our satisfaction. Subsequently, a third party sends notice to my company that it is the copyright owner of the pictures used in our corporate website. It claims that copyright infringement has taken place, because the pictures from its website have been taken and used without permission.
a. Can the third party take action against my company for copyright infringement committed by the external web designer?
b. Is it possible to reduce my liability in such situations?
c. How do I check whether I am permitted to use a copyrighted work found on someone else’s website for my intended purposes?