I received the following email and this attached Word document from the lawyer at sms.ac. It looks like a form letter to me. I have no idea what activity they think is illegal and I'm waiting to hear back from them. Has anyone else received this letter from them? See the word document for the slightly different letter in its full color all caps glory.
Kevin B. Jones, Esq.NOTICE OF INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
UNLESS YOU IMMEDIATELY CEASE AND DESIST YOUR ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED
TO: Registrant: Neoteny Co., Ltd. Plazamikado 3F 2-14-5, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JP
RE: Domain name: ITO.COM
Administrative Contact: Ito, Joichi email@example.com Plazamikado 3F 2-14-5, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JP +81 3-5549-2270 Fax: +81 3-5549-2271
Technical Contact: Ito, Joichi firstname.lastname@example.org 2-14-5, Akasaka Plazamikado 3F Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JP
+81 3-5549-2270 Fax: +81 3-5549-2271
Kevin B. Jones, Esq.
Deputy General Counsel
THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS INFORMATION THAT IS THE CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY PROPERTY OF SMS.ac AND MAY NOT BE COPIED, PUBLISHED, OR DISCLOSED TO OTHERS, OR USED FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN REVIEW BY AUTHORIZED INDIVIDUALS, WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION OF AN AUTHORIZED OFFICER OF SMS.ac.
If received by mistake, please inform SMS.ac of the erroneous transmission by immediately replying to the email and then delete the mail and its possible attachments without opening, copying, distributing or retaining any copies thereof.
For more information on sms.ac see Google
. I wonder if they got the letter too. ;-)
UPDATE: See Chilling Effects for a great site about how to understand and deal with these sorts of letters.