Using a Cease and Desist Letter to Protect Your Art from AI Infringement

If you’re an artist who has discovered that your work has been used in a machine learning model or has been plagiarized by an AI art generator, it’s important to take action to protect your rights. One option is to send a cease and desist letter, which formally requests that the company or individual stop using your work and removes any existing copies. This template can be used as a starting point for drafting your own cease and desist letter in cases of copyright infringement.

Template for Cease and Desist Letter

Dear [Company],

I am writing to request that you immediately cease and desist the unauthorized use of my copyrighted material, as detailed below.

On [date], I discovered that you have used my [description of copyrighted material] as training data for your machine learning model. This material is protected by copyright law and is owned by me.

I have not granted you permission to use this material and your use of it is therefore a violation of my rights. This unauthorized use of my copyrighted material constitutes copyright infringement under the European Union’s Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (

I demand that you immediately stop using my material as training data for your machine learning model, and remove the model from any platforms or websites where it is being used or distributed. I also demand that you delete all copies of my copyrighted material that you have used or obtained as a result of this unauthorized use.

Please confirm in writing that you have complied with these demands and will not use my copyrighted material as training data for your machine learning model in the future.


[Your name]

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This template was edited and curated by Mount West Music using ChatGPT. It has been checked for plagiarism and is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.