by: Jefferson Highway, Gene ral Counsel
A Cease and Desist letter is one of the simplest legal forms in use today. With the spread of the
web, and the copyright infringement that has brought, C&D's (as they are known) have become
very common. The problem is, a standard C&D can cost $50 or more if sent from a lawyer, and
you may find, if you have any kind of business at all, that you can't afford this on an on-going
basis. So here is the solution - a Cease and Desist form of your very own.
[ INSERT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS HERE ]
Re: [ INSERT TOPIC HERE - A WEBSITE NAME FOR EXAMPLE ]
It has come to our attention that you are [ ENTER THE COMPLAINT HERE - AN EXAMPLE
WOULD BE "copying entire pages from our website at www.???.com and publishing them on
your own website, www.!!!.com in direct breach of our rights under International Copyright
You have [ INSERT TIME LIMIT HERE - EG "10 Days" ] to [ INSERT THE ACTION THEY
MUST TAKE HERE - EG "Remove the offending pages, listed below, and confirm in writing to
the address at the head of the letter that you will not repeat this infringement" ]
Failing this, we will apply for an injunction, and will also seek to recover costs and damages
(plus interest) for your tortious acts and conduct.
This is our final communication to you on this matter, and we look forward to hearing from you
as a matter of urgency.
So there you have it. Plug in your own company details and send away!
Important - Nothing in the above information establishes any attorney-client relationship, and the
information herein is intended only as general information and should not be relied upon for the
purpose of taking legal action. You should always contact an attorney for specific information
and advice. Laws differ from State to State and country to country.
This article was posted on March 10, 2005