Sending a cease and desist letter is a common way to notify someone that they are using your copyright protected material without your permission and to request that they remove the infringing use and/or pay up.
A cease and desist letter is only effective if it is sent by the owner of the work. A funny scenario surfaced recently, when a news agency sent a cease and desist letter requesting that a photograph taken by a monkey be removed from a website. But hold on… who owns the copyright in a monkey’s self portrait anyway?!? Evidently, a monkey in a national park in Indonesia picked up a photographer’s camera and snapped a few pictures. (One of them is this hilarious self portrait of the monkey. See above or take a look at –> http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110706/00200314983/monkey-business-can-monkey-license-its-copyrights-to-news-agency.shtml.)
Since, the news agency didn’t employ the monkey or own the monkey, nor did it license the monkey’s work… the cease and desist letter that it sent… doesn’t have much oomph.
For more info on what to do if you receive a cease and desist letter, see –> http://wp.me/p10nNq-1B
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq.