This is the letter the author handed the newspaper company that used his workwithout permission.
106 E. 1st StQuitman, MO 64487 T (816) 604-9383Duane@AllAmericanBlogger.comwww.AllAmericanBlogger.comMay 14, 2012Robert Ripley
Publisher and Managing Editor
The Oregon Times Observer119 West Nodaway,
Box 317Oregon, MO 64473
Dear Mr. Ripley, This letter is an assertion of copyright over the articleChanges Implemented After Auditor Finds “Severe Shortcomings” in Holt County Sheriff’s Office, published in the May 10th editionof The Oregon Times Observer. This article was originally written by me and published on my website All American Blogger onMay 1st. Copyright is commonly understood to be in place as soon as the work exists in atangible form and although it isn’t necessary to establish copyright, the bottom of each pageon All American Blogger clearly says “Copyright © 2007 - 2012 - All American Blogger.” I was not asked for permission to reprint the article, nor was I given attribution in thenewspaper for the creation of the article. Due to the article being used in its entirety, Fair Usedoes not apply. This is a clear violation of United States Copyright law.Rather than seek monetary damages for copyright infringement, which range from $750 to$300,000 per work for “willful infringement,” I have attached an invoice totaling $500 for thepublication of the article.Payment is due upon receipt.I'm optimistic that we can resolve this amicably, but I have consulted with an attorney and Iam prepared to take all necessary steps to protect my legal rights.Sincerely yours,Duane LesterCo-Owner, Editor and Lead WriterAll American Blogger