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There is nothing in the rules that assign copyright to the Institute.
There is nothing in the rules to assign copyright of material to the Institute. Members have claimed copyright in the past and withdrawn material with no problem. My work was acknowledged by two members of the Executive Committee (National Chairman and National Treasurer). My claim for copyright after I had withdrawn the document was not disputed.
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All roles within the Institute, except the Director and Administrator, are on a volunteer basis with no remuneration. The document in question, provides the requirements for the Institute's Fleet Accrediation Scheme together with the associated Audit Report. These were produced unsolictied, in my own time and at my own expense. I considered the documents in use not fit for purpose and would not meet the requirements for accreditation for a proposed project with Transport for London (TfL). Following a dispute I notified all members of the executive I was withdrawing the documents and requested that those who had copies delete them from their systems. In a separate email I asserted my right to claim copyright, this was not disputed. The document was formatted in line with Institute documents with minor changes and submitted as part of a bid for accreditation to TfL.
Subsequently in an email I informed that they had breached my copyright and were guilty of misrepresentation by claiming copy. I provided a definition of copyright as provided by the Intellectual Property Office and also of copyright ownership. Ponting out that two exceptions - that of being employed or commissioned - did not apply in this case. I also pointed out that all documents I had produced and wereused by the Institute copyright was owned by myself. I asked two questions - What action was being taken regarding the breach of copyright and What proposals they would make to resolve the matter. I was then informed that a full response would be given following the Executive meeting on 23 Feb. When no reply was received I subsequently ased for a reply within 48 hours. When I tried to contact the Director I was informed that instructions had been issued that he and others were not to communicate with me. I found this intolerable and resigned. I was then informed that the President would contact me in due course. This consisted of acknowledgement of my resignation only.
I had been informed by the National Treasurer that it would be difficult for me to prove copyright and too expensive to take any action.
Should the bid for the project with TfL come to fruition the Institute will make a considerable amount of money each year.