Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Anti Copying In Design
There is a difference between reference work and copying. Changing a few parts or even many does not under UK and EU IP law mean that the new piece is the IP of the new maker. On the contrary if the initial source is original be it through all of its seperate parts and or design then changing a few parts of it to try to get around the law is a dangerous route to take.
This is not acceptable and the law on IP "Interllectual Property" clearly states that taking a design of another and changing a few or more parts does not change the IP design ownership with the new maker breaching UK and EU IP laws.
I have seen this happen with makers within woodturning. There is a difference in making for non profit purposes but when profit is involved then the original makers lively hood is being eroded and their IP attacked it becomes unacceptable.
Therefore today I have joined an organisation call ACID, which stands for Anti Copyright In Design. This organisation is very large and is an official support and legal network for designers and makers who can register their interlectual property/designs with ACID, if any infringment does then occur the original maker can obtain the support of the ACID legal services for any breaches of IP which may be dealt with if not sucessfully resolved.
But more than this the organisation gives makers access to various member benefits and resources
The design that I previously posted and my Chilli form have now been registered with ACID as will any other unique designs that have been made or that I make in the future.
For more information on ACID go here
This does not refer to the work that I demostrate or have given people permission to actively copy but this will have been clearly stated with regards to which designs.
Of course most of the time people are not aware of IP let alone the problems that breaching it could cause them. So this is another good reason for joining ACID as the organisation is very much about awareness as much as a deterent or solution.
Posted by Mark at 11:35