A Cease and Desist Letter is a letter sent to advise a recipient to stop certain activities, for instance, slander, libel, or defamation, breach of a trademark or copyright, plagiarizing an individual or company's work, or violation of a Non-Compete Agreement. It may cover any type of behavior that the sender believes directly or indirectly affects their rights, and its purpose is to make individuals and entities stop doing the alleged offending activity. It can be extremely effective when used in the correct context against those who took part in illegal activities. If the recipient fails to comply with the demands outlined in the letter, the sender must be prepared to take further legal action.
If you need a Cease and Desist Letter template, you may download it below. Consider completing a Copyright Infringement Notice before sending a Cease and Desist. This document is most often used as a first warning and does not threaten legal action - it is a request to stop the act of copyright infringement without further legal remedies.
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