In 1999 I started a photoblog which I updated with some regularity until about 3 years ago. The photography was banal and I had poor technique but it was a fun project while it lasted.
This morning I received an abusive and somewhat threatening email with regards to a paragraph I had written on this website 3 years ago. The email threatens that I will be in a ‘world of hurt’ and ‘i hope you can afford the legal fees’ if the page still exists in 24hrs.
The page in question is an abstract photograph of the side of a building with no identifying features. The paragraph tells of an old lady who was seemingly abandoned there one summer for a period of time by her family. I state that this building has fallen on disrepair. No names nor no specific address are given.
I see now, that the page comes up quite high in google when searching for real estate for this area and I hear that they have been attempting to sell the building. Though they frame the offense as an offense against their family, I suspect it’s really about money.
I’m taking the email seriously and have contacted my web host to review the page in question to ensure I haven’t violated the terms of my service agreement. I plan to remove the paragraph in question but not the page itself.
Has anyone dealt with a similar situation? What recourse do I have if the abuse escalates? Seeing as I am in Taiwan, how do I deal with any legal challenges if they occur? With the paragraph removed do I still have the right to exhibit a photograph of this nature. Should I even be writing this?
My apologies if this is not clear, I am purposely being vague to avoid any cross referencing with this particular page.