Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sample Take-Down Notice

If you find your work being shared without your express consent on a "file-sharing" site, or a subscription site, or on a blog, or on a social networking site, please feel free to adapt this template Cease and Desist notice.

I, (Insert Name), have permission to act on behalf of copyright holder (Insert Name) and the author(s). I have good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. The information contained in this notice is accurate and under penalty of perjury I am authorized to act on behalf of (Insert Name). The following link/s are being shared illegally via this particular page(s) and user through your site and page(s):
Please remove the entire page:
(Insert Links to Titles Here)
These users do not have permission from (Insert Name). to offer these books for download. This constitutes theft on the part of your users and this note serves as official notice of illegal activity taking place through your website as well as a clear violation of your stated Terms of Service.
Please cease and desist from allowing the uploading and trading of these materials immediately. No further warnings will be issued.

If your works are being shared on EBay, you can click to Report the copyright infringement, and you will probably be told to sign up for EBay's VeRo program or VRT program (both relatively useless) and to send a fax to EBay.

If you do go to the trouble of contacting EBay (and EBay uk), it is worth demanding a recall.... Ask EBay to inform all Buyers of the illegal copies of your work that they have purchased an illegal copy of a copyrighted work; ask EBay to ban the account of the copyright infringer; demand payment of the fair market price of each copy of your work that was sold by the Seller. You can extrapolate this by looking at the Seller's Feedback as a Seller.

Keep a screen capture.

You probably won't get paid a cent, but for legal reasons, it is worth making the demand.

It is also very much worth reporting copyright infringers to PayPal if you know their email address.

Go to


My Account
- scroll down to the bottom to-
Legal Agreements

Under "For All Users" choose Paypal Acceptable Use Policy
- scroll down to the bottom to-
"Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy" where it says "We encourage you to
report violations of this Acceptable Use Policy to PayPal immediately."
Click "Report"
Topic = Report Fraud/Prohibit Use
Subtopic - Report Prohibited Items Being Sold Using Paypal


  1. Thanks! This is a really useful post with clear instructions - bookmarking it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. You are most welcome, li