Copyright Infringement CeaseDesist Letter2

First contact letter for sites using or distributing images or designs not available for use by others.

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 aware that the same copyrights that govern the real world also pertain to the web. The first thing one should do is make a copy of infringing page which may be used as proof of infringement at a latter date. The next thing is to write to the webmaster of the infringing site being sure that your correspondence contains all the relevant information as who you are, what the site may be infringing on and what you are requesting be done by the infringe.  The following letter can be sent to webmasters that are using your personal images that are not available for use, or are giving away your images in collections. 

Dear _________________ It has come to my attention that you are using some of my artistic work on your website at:
______________Name of website and URL
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 
My artistic work is copyrighted and the images/designs you are using are exclusive for my website and not available for public use or distribution on any other website. I ask that my work be removed from your site within the next 48 hours and that you notify me when this has been done. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please include them in your reply.
Sincerely Yours,
Your Name
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:

More copyright information other sites:

10 Big Myths about copyright
Law of the Internet
Library of Congress
US Copyright Office

US CopyrightOffice FAQ
US Patent and Trademark Office:
Digital Millennium Copyright Act / Google Blogspot

Yahoo UK! Copyright and Intellectual Property Infringement Complaint Form
Yahoo Us Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy

FortuneCity Copyright Policy Copyright Policy

If you would like to help promote awareness
Please copy my copyright logo and link to my sie

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