I have a question regarding copyright infringement, who can help?
I have attached 3 images to assist with this query.
The first image (1) is of a roadside sign that is advertising log cabins for sale on a log cabin park that my company has had no involvement with.
The second image (2) is a picture that I took of one of our buildings.
The third image (3) shows image 2 that has been rotated horizontally using very basic image manipulating software.
You will see that image 3 is identical to image 1.
I hope this helps?
I am honoured that this business has chosen one of my buildings to advertise their 'parks'. However, they do not have permission to do so and I was looking at either;
A. Asking them to consider my company for the supply of log cabins to their site, should they make any sales.
B. Asking for a monthly copyright fee. How much?
C. Asking for a one off copyright licence fee. How much?
D. Asking for a commission on any sales made as a result of the advertising board. I feel this would be difficult to police though.
E. Asking for the picture to clearly show who supplied the cabin.
Regards, ***** *****
It was designed by this company for a client of ours. To be fare, any log cabin manufacturer could reproduce this model.
However, the image used on their advertising hoarding is, I truly believe, pictures taken by myself of the aforementioned cabin.
To add to my comment about a log cabin company reproducing this model, they would either need to go to my clients building to take exact measurements, OR have access to my plans and drawings, which would never happen.
The image they have used would have come from some online source. I use this picture for my facebook page, LinkedIn page, My website or my ebay account.
They would not have gotten this image from the manufacturer, nor could they have taken it from the roadside, as the cabin is situated quite a way from the road and at a different angle. They could only have taken this picture at the same time as I did. If you notice the coil of wire on the rear of the cabin, this is the main incoming electrical feed, which was fitted soon after the picture was taken.
My problem with going down the compensation route is that there could be large legal fees involved, with little compensation amount, and all they need to do is take the board down and that would ne end of!
My question to you would be, if THEY contacted to you, asking your advice about my intention to pursue for compensation, what would you advise them to do??
Thank you very much for your honesty. I guess I just need to contact them and make them aware of the copyright infringement and ask them to either add my details or remove it.
I feel that if we try to go down the licence fee route, this could prove costly for both parties.
Many thanks Alice.