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How to write a copyright infringement Letter

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 28, 2008, 8:09 PM
Left brain hemisphere:
Since so many of you asked-
If anyone ever steals YOUR work, this is what you write to the thieves, be they an individual/magazine/website/newspaper/music band/etc.

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To: __________________(art thief's name/company)

It has come to my attention that you have made an unauthorized use of my copyrighted Work entitled "____________ (name of stolen artwork)" in the publishing of a ___________(your website/advert/newspaper/magazine)

I have reserved all rights in the Work, which was first published in November 1, 2000 (date example) on _______________(my website link), with copyright registered to me.
The advert which appears in your (website/advert/newspaper/magazine/piece), is essentially identical to the Work and clearly used the Work as its basis.

You neither asked for nor received permission to use the Work as the basis for the advert, nor to make or distribute copies of it. Therefore, I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 USC Section 101, et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $100,000.
Under the copyright law I can demand:
Compensation and Immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the Work, and all copies of it, and that you deliver to me all unused, undistributed copies of it, or destroy such copies immediately, and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future.

However, currently I demand a compensation for the use of the image.
Your company did not notify me, we did not sign any contracts, and I have not been paid for the use of my work.
If I have not received an affirmative response from you in two weeks, indicating that you are ready to discuss terms of payment for the use of my work and comply with my requirements, I shall consider taking the full legal remedies available to rectify this situation.

Sincerely,


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Right brain hemisphere:
Or you can go out, find them and break their kneecaps. Whatever works for you. I prefer kneecap breaking any day. That'll teach em how to steal stuff.

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:iconeotenhazel:
EotenHazel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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Soffiah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
this may work, the thefts would absolutely freak out & delete what they stole
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l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The right brain way is a really good way to wind up doing time. Not to mention tazed and tackled by the cops b4 they toss your ass in jail for assault and battery.

But in all honesty when someone used this on me in a fraudulent manner, I told her that I was not a publishing company or a corporate entity so this was a very stupid and ignorant thing to do.
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:iconyourpalissac:
YourPalIssac Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Start taking names and taking kneecaps.
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
KNEECAPS ARE VERY GOOD CURRENCY IN EXCHANGE FOR DELICIOUS REVENGE.
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:iconyourpalissac:
YourPalIssac Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Sweet, saucy revenge.....best served at room temperature, with some sort of grain as a side......
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
GOTTA GET THEM 8-10 SERVINGS OF CARBOHYDRATES IN YOUR DIET SOMEHOW.
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:iconyourpalissac:
YourPalIssac Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
It's part of a heart-healthy diet?
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:iconhuffingtontheonly:
HuffingtontheOnly Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
First the left brain tactic. then, if one week goes by with no response.... time to embrace the right brain.
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:iconlacelazier:
lacelazier Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I love you :iconrlyplz:
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:iconceltickawaii:
CelticKawaii Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Right-brained version please! Gotta love anger management...
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:icon95wave:
95wave Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
what happens if the letter doesn't work, do you get to sue them for monies?
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:iconsirferrick:
SirFerrick Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Take their thumbs; no repeat offenders for that.
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:icondawnfad:
Dawnfad Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
nah al brack there hands
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:iconpirenja:
Pirenja Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Right brain: ...summon cancer.
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:iconmamaelm:
MamaELM Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
omg yes
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:iconthehellsangels:
TheHellsAngels Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Hey Alexiuss

Here is a link you might want to see.
We are trying to help other DA members who got there art stolen.
Maybe your letter will help them.
Manny thanks and goodluck to you!:D
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:iconprima-donna:
Prima-Donna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional
...link is missing...

~D~
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:iconaquarior:
Aquarior Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think they meant their account: :iconthehellsangels:
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this so much, thanks for sharing.
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9rabbitego Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is amazing on how relevant this is to the current situation. What with that Chad Love ArtThief person behind art4love.com running amuck with his theivery.

BREAK HIS KNEECAPS!!!!!
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:iconpaulrg:
PaulRG Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Great info. Thanks for sharing!
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:icontimohuovinen:
timohuovinen Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist
This is great, thank you so much!
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:iconblackholeinajar:
BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm partial to the cheese grater and shoehorn treatment, meself.:icongoofygrinplz:
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:iconshadow6558:
shadow6558 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
I do love you random stranger, thanks for this.
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:iconrmr34:
rmr34 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"Right brain hemisphere:
Or you can go out, find them and break their kneecaps. Whatever works for you. I prefer kneecap breaking any day. That'll teach em how to steal stuff."

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:iconmyhirome:
Myhirome Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL YES.
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:iconspawnone-art:
SpawnOne-Art Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
very nice...
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:iconsharpstop16:
sharpstop16 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lawyer, artist, and a hit man. you are amazing
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:icondeviantismyname:
deviantismyname Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now, may I copy and paste this?
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:iconsegamen:
Segamen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I would probably do both if I do not receive a reply after a long time.
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:iconisengim:
Isengim Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I hope I never have to use this, but thank you.
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:iconshogun-ex:
shogun-ex Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Screw kneecaps, I'll taze them in the eyeball!
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:iconjohnkillinger:
JohnKillinger Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
so it's not enough that i've posted my work on this website and watermarked it, but to actually be effective i need to have applied and received a legal copyright?
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Fire-and-ice333 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Well, technically a work you yourself have created is copyrighted the moment it's fixed in a tangible means of expression.

Getting it registered is to allow better remedies in case someone infringes your work.

So to be effective you don't necessarily have to have registered the work, but you'll definitely get more out of doing so C:
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:iconjohnkillinger:
JohnKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
ah, thanks ^^
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:iconfire-and-ice333:
Fire-and-ice333 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Fftyeah, my mom is a copyright lawyer :U

It rubs off <_<
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RadioactiveArcade Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Student General Artist
If journals were 'Favorite-able' this journal would be the first in my favorites~! :iconanimefaceplz:
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:icondraconis-wyrm:
Draconis-Wyrm Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010   Writer
Do you mind if I repost this in my own journal?
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:icontomghoulie:
tomghoulie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, Love it :P Advice I hope I wont ever need, but that I also hope will come in handy some day!
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:iconcyric23:
Cyric23 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Student General Artist
Hahaha. Ok. let me point out that I am brilliant. Consequently, both hemispheres of my brain are active. So i'm obviously going to do both...
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xXRavenSongXx Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
TOTALLY right brain hemisphere. I was ready to break that guy's kneecaps as soon as I saw "his" flagrantly stolen work.
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:iconmdoffred-madebymade:
MDOffRed-MadeByMade Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student
I totally agree with the kneecap-breaking action. Damn thieves.
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:iconseraphoid:
Seraphoid Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
*agrees 100%* some chick who couldn't even draw stole my stuff for a band....they cornered her, made her draw, she epiclly failed and was lost to them forever; the stupid thing that I did was give her the ORIGNAL (only and last time I did that) when I was intructed by a favorite art teacher long ago "never give the orignal out, give out the prints, the original is worth more!" ....stupid me. But she got what she diserved, serves her right!
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weerwulf Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
my right brain becomes awakening
thanks for the advice...but always remember the old LRDU odd : search them , find them , destroy them but first at all remember to stay alive
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:iconvorno:
vorno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I wonder if there is something that could be used as a worldwide solution? Instead of being limited to "USA"
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:icongallantnightmare:
Gallantnightmare Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Student General Artist
breaking their kneecaps
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Anodesu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
how many times have you had art stolen from you? O___o
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alawrence20 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Well said!
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