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Friday, October 05, 2007


tribal elder

The letter really wasn't copyrighted ? Donald Morris, Esq. LIED ?

Lisa Westveld

I have a simple suggestion. Let all website owners put a copy of that strongly worded demand letter at on their site or at least link to it. Of course, with an additional text around it explaining why it's on the site to make sure this document is fairly used. Let's just bully the bullies. :-)

random person

everything that is created is protected by copyright by default.
not registering your creation with the library of congress does not mean you do not get to sue for copyright violations, it merely limits you to actual damages and not statutory damages.


It's true that a work can be copyrighted even if it's not registered. However, registration is a prerequisite to filing suit. 17 U.S.C. § 411(a) ("[N]o action for infringement of the copyright in any United States work shall be instituted until preregistration or registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title."). The law firm could still register the work and then sue for infringement, but even if it could get past the fair use defense, its damages would be limited by its failure to register before the alleged infringement.


Forwarded to


This is a truly interesting illustration of legal chicanery on the part of DirectBuy's legal representation. Just a shining example of the lengths that attorneys will go to collect a fee for an unnecessary service. I am however glad that there are other lawyers who are willing to stand up against statutory bullying such as this


Copyright status for email communications is absurd.

They CC'd DirectBuy, thereby giving up all rights to anything resembling a private communication. Post it wherever you want.

Check out this article:


Absolutely brilliant response!


I am confused, isn't any letter involved in litigation a matter of public record? And doesn't cease and desist fall under that as well?

Marvin Glenn

Is there a legal premise by which someone can reject any incoming correspondence that is copyrighted? i.e. "You can send me a letter, but it will not be accepted if you have extreme copyright restrictions on it." Therefor leading to, "you cannot legally establish that we've been put on notice, because you have not sent the acceptable communications to that effect."


Thanks for sharing this C&D letter and your brilliant response to it with the public.

In addition to hosting the C&D letter on your own web site, please consider sending a copy to I'm not affiliated with them, but believe it's a great resource.

marcelo bezerra tavares

The fact is, even if it would be possible to copyright a letter with or without copyrights registration, the lawyers couldnt use this kind of letter to threat anyone, based on false rules, laws that doesnt exist or any other unsupported argument, this is the most idiot bluff i ever seen, just to not say that is a shame for any lawyer that tries to do this kind of thing with people out there.

A Better Writer

Although I enjoy a good parry, I have to say that neither the author of the cease letter, nor the attorney who responded from Public Interest are particularly skilled writers.

Let me guess, second-tier law schools?

Doug V

Bravo, thank you for taking the time to respond to that threatening letter. And for posting it so that others can see how the technique of intimidation is used in a real situation.

Marc Holt

Actually, under copyright law a document does not become copyright until it is published in a public place by the creator of that document. And, as 'random person' pointed out, Morris can only go to court if he registers copyright with the Library of Congress. So, Donald Morris, Esq. not only lied, he showed his complete lack of understanding of copyright law.

I would not only post the letter everywhere I could, I would also ignore his threats. The man is obviously a buffoon.

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