|First contact letter for sites using linkware images without proper credit. |
I have been asked many times by other artists what they should do when they find someone infringing on their work. Although it is sometimes very hard, I suggest that one try to remain calm. Many times people infringe because they are not familiar with copyrights or just not aware that the same copyrights that govern the real world also pertain to the web. They may also have gotten your work from someplace other than your site and not aware that it is copyrighted.
The first thing one should do when they find a site infringing on their work is to make a copy of all the infringing pages which may be used as proof of infringement at a latter date. The next thing is to write to the webmaster being sure that your correspondence contains all the relevant information as to who you are, the status of your artistic work and what the site may be infringing on and what you are requesting be done by the infringer.
Below is a draft of a first contact letter that can be sent to an infringing webmaster that is using your linkware iamges without proper credit.
Dear _________________ It has come to my attention that you are using some of my artistic work on your website at:
______________Name and url of the infringing website.
The work I am referring to, is listed below along with the location of where it may be found on your website:
List _________with name of image/images and the individual page URLS
If you choose not to comply with my terms by giving proper credit, then I request that you please remove all my work from your website. I also request that you send me notification when this has been done.
If you would like to continue using my work, I ask that you please comply with my request for proper credit, and have included one of my logos as an attachment to this letter for this purpose. If this logo is not suitable for your needs, you may find other alternatives on the following page: _____________________________URL of your logo page.
Should you require help with displaying my logo, creating a link back to my site, or have any questions regarding this matter please do not hesitate to ask in your reply.
If you downloaded my images from somewhere else and have not yet visited my site, then I also invite you to do so. Thank you for patience and taking the time to read this. I look forward to your reply.
Name and URL of your site or websites
If you do not receive a proper response and the infringing webmaster refuse to comply, you may need to take other measures to have your work remove from their website.
List of sites that may help you with this:
Copyright Abuse / A right and wrong way for first contact
Freebies and Sharing Digital or Digi Stamps
Copyright Infringement Cease Desist Letter / Illegal use or distribution
When diplomacy fails, try the link below
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