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About “Cease & Desist Letter”

This is an example letter that may be sent to the site owner that is infringing upon your copyright.

For future reference, it is important to keep a copy of the letter and all exchanged correspondence.

Please remember that in all contacts and correspondence regarding copyright infringement, always maintain a professional demeanor providing only the relevant details in a succinct and organized manner.

Refrain from emotional pleas or threats: copyright infringement is a matter of law and issues regarding protecting your rights should be handled with a business like attitude.

The example below offers options for many copyright violations; it is only a guide. Be sure to customize the letter for your own requirements.

R.I.G.H.T.S. grants permission for the reproduction of this letter shown below either in part or in whole without credit, link or attribution provided that the reproduction is for the sole purpose of issuing a cease and desist notice.


Your Website Located at http://www.address.com
Month 00, 2000

To whom it may concern:

Your website located at http://www.address.com contains graphics copyrighted to and owned by me as the creator of Site Name located at http://www.myaddress.com.

I very specifically state the terms of use for my linkware; these terms of use can be reviewed at http://www.yourterms.com.

The linkware set in violation can be found on my site and is specifically indicated as copyrighted to me at http://www.setaddress.com; this set is entitled “Set Name”.

Be advised that NONE of the linkware graphics contained within my site are to be used on commercial pages without both prior purchase of a commercial use license and written approval by me for the use of my art.

Therefore, your use of my graphics on a commercial web page is illegal under copyright law and forbidden under my terms of use.

In addition, my terms state that a linking logo must be included on every page that my linkware is used.

Therefore, your use of my graphics without giving credit to me under my terms of use is illegal under copyright law and forbidden under my terms of use.

Finally, I specifically state that NONE of the linkware graphics contained within my site may be altered, recolored, resized, etc., unless specifically designed for text additions.

Therefore, your alterations of my copyrighted artwork is illegal under copyright law and forbidden under my terms of use.

These obvious copyright infractions leave you with the following options:

(1) You will consider this a cease and desist notice and remove all of my copyrighted graphics from your site immediately.

(2) You pay me $00.00 for the commercial use of my linkware if you do not post a linking logo.

(3) You pay me $00.00 for the limited commercial use of my linkware if you post a linking logo on each page of use.

As a courtesy to you, I have chosen not to contact or copy your web host WebHostName with this initial notification.

I expect response to this email in a timely manner (72 hours – by Day, Month 00, 2000 at 12:00AM) either by the removal of my copyrighted images or via email stating your intentions.

Be advised that if no response is received, my next step will be to contact your web host (with my proof and sworn statement of copyright) as they may become involved in any legal action I may have to pursue to obtain compliance.

Please understand that this letter is not a warning or threat.  It is being sent to you as part of a legal process that must be followed in an effort to maintain my legal rights.  You can put an immediate stop to this process by acting in accordance with this offer of good faith.


Your Name
Reply to: You@email.com
Your Website Name

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