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.
Please give credit where credit is due: If you create projects that you are uploading to the web, I ask that you please credit your use of my designs by mentioning my CS Designs and providing a working link back to this blog. Credit should be given on the same page or post as the project that uses my designs.
My designs are protected by international copyright laws. Sharing, redistributing, or receiving images or digi stamps you have not purchased is stealing and illegal. Please respect me and my work by sending others the link to my website instead of sharing my files, designs, or images with them.
Please see complete copyright notice at the bottom of this page.
All images, text and content on this blog is for your viewing pleasure and inspiration only. It may not be copied, or used in whole or in part, reproduced or transmitted or uploaded to other websites, altered, spindled or mutilated without my written permission.