Good evening! I can help you out with your legal question tonight.
This is just a cease and desist letter putting you on notice that they believe you are using their materials. If you are using them, then you need to stop. If you are not, then disregard the letter.
If you are using them, then stop and wait to see if they sue you. Usually one would not sue for $950 because they are going to pay their attorney that amount to draft a complaint and sue you.
Are you using their materials?
I already stopped several months ago
Do I need to respond them?
No, you don't need to respond to them unless they serve you with a Summons and a Complaint.
What do you mean "serve you with a Summons and a Complaint."? If they do, they will send me official letter or something by certified mail.
No, when they sue you in court, they will personally send someone to hand you a Summons and Complaint.
How much possibility they will sue me if I did not respond and pay?
Fairly low, but it is always a possibility.
Especially if you have stopped infringing.
If they sue me, how much should I pay? maximum $950?
That is up to you, but you can always pay it for a release of any and all claims against you.
I mean if they sue me, how much would the court demand me to pay?
It depends, they can go as little as $750 per copyright infringement (each time infringed).
OK. Normally how long it would be from now if they decide to sue?
They actually have a couple of years from the date of the last infringing activity.
So they have some time.
But that time if I moved out to other address, they will not know my new address, this mean they can not hand me a Summons and a Complaint and they can not sue?
Yes, that means it will be harder. There are still ways to find you though.
OK, for my case, mostly I can just disregard the letter and the possibiliy that they sue me would be very low as I already stopped several months ago, right?
Correct, judges look at that and rule accordingly. They like to penalize the people who with blatant disregard infringe and don't stop.
Thank you so much. Really appreciated.
Sorry, last question
Even I stopped several months ago, why did they send me this email several month after? They just want to threaten me?
Yes, they are trying to get easy money out of you. It is a common tactic.
OK, got you. Thank you.
You are welcome! Have a great night and please accept so that I can continue to help others.
Take care and have a good night.
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