I had a gentleman present me with a photograph of a front door he liked and asked if i could build something like it. The picture was not the best quality, so i noticed the web address at the bottom of the page of where he retrieved it. The website belonged to a company out of the UK and i wont mention it here. What struck me about the website was what appeared to be an over the top attempt to warn all viewing that these door designs were vehemently protected by UK copyright laws.
So i got to thinking. What possible door design (and these weren’t anything special) could possibly be copyrighted? Do i myself own copyrights? Except mine are basically useless because i don’t have deep pockets and a team of lawyers at my disposal? Is every single one of the 5065 Lumberjocks here a criminal liable for damages if an organisation lawyered up enough decides it so?
Somethings not quite right. Listen to this quote from UK’s “Design and Artist Copyright Society” found here http://www.dacs.org.uk/
””10. When is copyright infringed?
Copyright is infringed when an individual carries out one of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights (see FAQ 5 above) without the permission of the copyright owner in relation to the whole or a substantial part of the artistic work. The test to determine what is substantial is a qualitative test and not a quantitative one. This means that there may be an infringement even if a small but distinctive portion of the original artwork was copied.””
I ask one simple question. According to the above statement, what front door in existence isn’t in violation in some form of a door before it? I’m at a loss as to how its even possible to build a front door, or anything else for that matter, that doesn’t violate such absurd criteria.
I won’t copy the door i build verbatim. I simply find it a bit distasteful and disrespectful to do so and i’ve written about it before. But what i build will no doubt meet the incredible criteria of violation in this company’s view. Perhaps in time we’ll need a Lumberjock defense fund for just such matters.
As`a reasonable adult, i know from the moment i put my creations out for public viewing, like we all do here at Lumberjocks, that theres a darn good chance it may get duplicated. Big deal. The only alternative is to never let your work see the light of day. Besides, it seems to me the best way to kill creativity, is to immerse yourself in a world of paranoia and litigation concerns, thinking somebody may actually copy your stuff.
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