Copyright Infringement Notice
As a valuable asset to individuals and businesses alike, copyright should be protected carefully and zealously. Historically, breaching copyright was perhaps more of a conscious act than it is today. In many cases breaches of copyright, particularly those which take place online, are either inadvertent or not the responsibility of the party hosting the infringing material.
Many businesses which publish or host copyrighted material online will have in place some form of notice and takedown procedure in order to deal with such situations. As a copyright owner, if you find that your work is being made available without your consent, a useful first step is to send an infringement notice or a cease and desist letter to such a host.
This Copyright Infringement Notice has been designed as an alternative to the traditional cease and desist letter which is better suited for dealing with organisations which have a suitable policy or procedure already in place.
The terms of this notice, which may be sent either as a letter or an email, describe the work and the nature of the alleged infringement. The letter concludes by inviting a response and a mutually acceptable resolution.
A counterpart document – A Notice & Takedown Policy and Procedure – is also available.
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