|Chilling Effects Clearinghouse > Report Receiving a Cease & Desist Notice: Step 1|
If you have received a cease and desist notice:
Adding your notice to the database is a 3 step process. Please continue through all the screens to ensure that your notice gets to us and is properly categorized.
This website cannot provide individual legal advice -- we cannot analyze your particular website or activity to assure you it is legal. (This is for your protection and ours -- we do not have the resources to analyze every site individually, and we don't want to give the impression that we have.) What we can do is help present the issues as lawyers think about them and answer general questions: Does the law really say that? What is the scope of copyright, trademark, or defamation law? What defenses exist for a given claim?
Triggers: Follow the link that best describes your situation:
Someone is claiming that images or text posted on my website infringe a copyright.
Someone is complaining about a domain name I registered or use.
I've used someone's brand name in my meta tags.
My website or Internet service lets people trade games, videos and/or music.
I write or publish stories that involve characters originally developed by someone else, for example, tales about X-Files or Star Trek characters.
I was told that my ISP had recevied a "DMCA takedown notice."
Has someone asked your ISP or the host of an online discussion you participate in to give them your identity or other information about you?
Someone has called me a cybersquatter and is threatening to make a federal case of it under ACPA.
Someone has filed, or threatened to file, a UDRP proceeding against me to take away my domain name.
I have a website that criticizes/parodies a company or product.
Someone has asked me to remove hyperlinks from my website to another.
I have a "sucks" website, and the trademark owner I am criticizing is threatening to take action against me.
Someone is claiming that I am providing an illegal "circumvention device" on my website.
I "reverse engineered" a product, and the product owner is threatening to take legal action against me.
Someone has accused me of defamation, libel or slander.
Someone has claimed that I am infringing a patent.
I am creating artwork which uses someone else's photographs, characters, etc.
Enter an uncategorized notice if your C&D does not fit any of the activities above.
C&D Entry: Step 1
Select from the set of "triggers" below and to the left the one that most closely matches the activity you think triggered your cease and desist notice. This helps us to select a topic area for the notice.
Enter the Cease and Desist Notice in our web form. Please take care to choose privacy options. If you choose to add information, we in the clinical programs will see it. If you choose to mark it "private," however, we will not include it in the database that the public can see.
Add suggested links to your website or background material that helps to tell your story. You will also get a NoticeID number and the option to send additional information to one of the participating organizations by email, fax, or postal mail.
Opt for email notification: If you enter an email address and indicate you'd like to get updates, we will notify you when we add information specific to your letter or category.
When you send us a cease and desist notice, we will categorize it and add it to the "chilling effects" database. The law school clinics will then review the general issues raised and add to the developing set of FAQs on the subject(s). Each letter or incident added to the database also helps describe the scope of the "chilling" problem: How much legitimate activity is being stopped by meritless threats, and who is sending ungrounded claims?