And then suddenly my art is being used all over the damn place without my permission. On a large scale. I'm dealing with it, it's a process and will take a bit of time. But then it dawned on me once upon a time I had no fucking clue how to approach this kind of thing, and I feel it's vital artists know how to stand up for their rights. So to put a positive on a negative I thought I'd share with you lot a basic cease and desist letter to use whenever the hell you might need it (I hope you never need it). Don't make it easy for the parasites to get away with this shit.
Cease & Desist letter
[First and Last Name]
RE: [List project or issue]
It has come to my attention that you have made an unauthorized use of my copyrighted work entitled [name of work]. I own all rights, including copyright, in the work, first published in [date], [and have registered copyright therein].Your work entitled [name of infringing work] is essentially identical to the work [or clearly copies of certain portions of the work]. [give a few examples that illustrate direct copying.]
As you neither asked for nor received permission to use the Work as the basis for [name of infringing work] nor to make or distribute copies, including electronic copies, of same, I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) therein.
I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of [name of infringing work] and all other infringing works derived from the Work, and that you delete or remote from circulation all copies, including electronic copies, of same; that you deliver to me, if applicable, all unused, undistributed copies of same, or destroy such copies immediately; and that you desist from this of any other infringement of my rights in the future. I also require an accounting of all profits you have made to date from sales or other exploitation of [name of infringing work]. If I have not received an affirmative response from you by [date-give them about two weeks] indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, I shall take further action against you.