Copyright Cease & Desist Letter

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This Copyright Cease and Desist Letter demands that a party immediately cease use of a registered copyright. This letter sets out the specifics about the copyright and that further action will be taken if the matter cannot be resolved.

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This Copyright Cease and Desist Letter demands that an individual or entity immediately cease use of a registered copyright. This letter sets forth your ownership in the specific copyright, its first publication date and copyright registration date. It also sets forth a detailed account describing how the copyright has been violated and that you have not given permission for its use. It is crucial that this cease and desist letter be clearly set out in writing. A well-written Copyright Cease and Desist Letter will ensure that the infringing party receives your infringement notification and will be useful if the matter is not resolved and litigation is filed.

This Copyright Cease and Desist Letter includes:
  • Parties: Name of the owner of the registered copyright and the infringing party;
  • Copyright Information: Sets forth details about the copyright including its title, first publication date and the date of registration (if applicable);
  • Infringement: Describes in specific detail how the registered copyright has been infringed;
  • Cease and Desist: Demands that all infringement activity be ceased immediately and that further action will be taken if the infringement continues.

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Copyright Infringement
Cease & Desist Letter







This Packet Includes:
1. Instructions & Checklist
2. General Information
3. Copyright Infringement Cease & Desist Letter






Instructions & Checklist
 Copyright Infringement  Cease & Desist Letter

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General Information
Copyright Infringement  Cease & Desist Letter

Copyright is a federal law, which protects authors of “original works of authorship fixed in a tangible form of expression.” This protection gives the authors the exclusive rights (including authorization of others) with regard to their original works including:

   1. Reproduction;

   2. Derivative works;

   3. The distribution of copies;

   4. Performance; and

   5. Display.

In the case of sound recordings to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

However, this protection does have some limitations, the most common being“fair use.”  Fair use gives a specific exemption to the copyright protection and liabilities, allowing a third party to use the original work if it is for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching or research.

You have a copyright in a work at the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form for the first time. However, registering gives you additional benefits including: a) a public record of your claim, b) the right to file an infringement suit, c) prima facie evidence in court of the validity of your copyright if made within five years of publication, and d) additional damages if you win an infringement suit.

This letter is designed to help you in situations where your copyrighted work has been copied or used without your authorization.  This letter communicates your rights and ownership in the copyrighted work and demands that the offending party immediately cease their use or operation of the infringing material and to provide written assurance that they will not make unauthorized use of your copyrighted work in the future.



For more information you can also check the Copyright Office Website at www.copyright.gov






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(Insert Name of Recipient)
(Insert Address of Recipient)

Re:  Copyright Infringement

To (insert name of recipient if available):

I own and retain all rights in my copyrighted work entitled ________________________ (the “Protected Work”), first published on _______________, ______ and registered on  (insert copyright registration date if applicable). It has recently come to my attention that you have made unauthorized use of the Protected Work by  (describe how the copyright has been violated, e.g. displaying my work on your website, using the Protected Work as the basis for another work, etc.).

You have neither requested nor received permission from me to use the Protected Work in any way.  Therefore, your use of the Protected Work is an infringement of my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and you could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein.
As such, I therefore demand that you: i) cease your use of the Protected Work immediately; ii)  provide me with prompt written assurance that you will cease and desist from any future unauthorized uses of the Protected Work within _______ days; (include the following if applicable “and iii) deliver to me any remaining copies of the infringing work or destroy such infringing works immediately.  

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. I would like to resolve this situation amicably, but I am willing to exercise my rights to their fullest extent if necessary.

You may contact me at ___________________ or via email at __________________________ .


Very truly yours,




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Number of Pages3
DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
EditableYes (.doc, .wpd and .rtf)
UsageUnlimited number of prints
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