Ok, it breaks down like this...
I work for a pretty well known airline. A little while ago, I realized that my airline was using 2 of my photos on their in flight crew tags. When I looked closer, I noticed that they downloaded them off airliners.net. The tags have the airliners.net logo and a "copyright John Sweeney" printed on the bottom on that little back bar.
I sent an email to the head for our marketing department. In it I requested $1000 compensation. This is based of a prior deal I made with another airline for a similar use of one of my photos for $250. Times 2 photos would be $500. I'm charging an additional $250 for unlimited use (they have been making as many as they want for a while now, and this would guarantee that they can still use my photos) and a $250 fee for not asking my permission. Bringing the total to $1000. I think this is a fair amount.
She replied and basically said she didn’t have anything to do with this and I was shit outta luck. It really disappoints me that my own company would do this to me. What steps should I take? What recourse do I have? I don’t feel that just because I work for them they can take advantage of me. I think what I was asking is fair. What do you think, and what can I do?
Your insight is appreciated,