Nine-Moons was slapped with a Cease & Decist Order early Thursday morning from the lawfirm of Dewey, Cheatham & Howe on behalf of their client. The order read as follows:

Dear Rusty Clifton:

It has come to out attention that you have made an unauthorized use of my client's (OBEYGIANT.COM) copyrighted work entitled "OBEY" (the "Work") in the preparation of a farcical work derived therefrom. My client has reserved all rights in the Work, first published in January 1997, [and have registered copyright therein]. Your work entitled OBEY AARON is essentially identical to the Work and clearly used the Work as its basis.

As you neither asked for nor received permission or even thought about asking to use the Work as the basis for OBEY AARON to make or distribute copies, including electronic copies, of same, I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein.

I vehemently demand you immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the Work, and all copies, including electronic copies, of same, that you deliver to me, if applicable, all unused, undistributed copies of same, or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. If I have not received an affirmative response from you by December 1, 2005 indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, I shall take further action against you by having really big goons kick your puny ass up and down the street day and night until you come to your senses and realize a joke isn't worth it.

Very truly yours,

Dewey, Cheatham & Howe, Esq.

Sources inform the Snarker that Rusty had to change his pants after reading the letter.


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