Don’t know if this has anything to do with the forums going down, but there it is….
Edit 9am – it sure as f**k does.
Dick’s on the case.
I’ve added the whole letter, removing any names involved.
I write on behalf of Demand Media, Inc. (“Demand Media”), which is a leading online producer, publisher and syndicator of professional content and social media solutions.
Demand Media possesses valuable trademark rights in the Demand Media trademark and holds trademark registrations for Demand Media in numerous jurisdictions across the world. Demand Media is also the copyright holder of the DemandMedia.com website located at www.demandmedia.com, as well as the copyright holder of all content on Demand Media owned and operated sites, including eHow.com and LiveStrong.com.
It has been brought to our attention that you have wrongfully created and maintain a forum in which users can, and do, post and misuse Demand Media’s trademark, copyrighted material, including confidential and proprietary copy editing tests, as well as other confidential and proprietary Demand Media information (specifically, in the form of an internal presentation regarding the company’s business plans.)
For your reference, the content at issue can be located at the following links: http://www.demandstudiossucks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2923 and http://www.demandstudiossucks.com/2011/01/demand-media-on-quality/.
Demand Media has not granted you any license to use the Demand Media trademark, to publish or copy Demand Media copyrighted content, or to publicize Demand Media’s confidential and proprietary business information. Accordingly, in addition to violating Demand Media’s intellectual property rights in the referenced materials, the postings are disruptive, damaging and harmful to our business practices and reputation.
Please respond to this letter no later than July 22, 2011 to confirm that you will comply with these demands to (1) remove from your website any copies, or portions, of any Demand Media copy editing tests, including cheat sheets, answer keys, or samples; and (2) remove all information that is confidential and proprietary to Demand Media, including, but not limited to, presentations, business plans or other operational documents, particularly to the extent they incorporate the Demand Media trademark, before July 27, 2011. Absent such response and subsequent action from you, Demand Media may elect to pursue any and all remedies available to it, including but not limited to, filing a civil lawsuit in federal court seeking statutory damages against you for copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other cause of action that Demand Media deems is appropriate to protect its rights and its business.
This letter is not a complete recitation of the facts and legal arguments related to this matter and nothing contained herein shall be deemed a waiver of any rights or remedies which Demand Media may have in connection with this matter, all of which are expressly reserved.
We look forward to your reply.
Demand Media, Inc.
1333 2nd Street, Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA 90401