Alleged Copyright Infringement
It has come to our attention that certain companies have been using a training manual for positive handling training, containing text, images and illustrations that we believe have been copied directly from our own training manual.
We are treating the reproduction and use of these manuals as an infringement of our copyright. We treat the misuse of our intellectual property rights very seriously, and we have instructed a specialist intellectual property solicitor to take all necessary legal action to protect our rights.
The training manuals we are concerned about have been given to schools (and possibly other agencies) and used as handouts for learners on the positive handling trainer courses provided by the relevant companies.
Schools and agencies have been provided with the materials we consider to be infringing, after paying for training with the companies concerned. The affected organisations should be aware that they may become liable for copyright infringement themselves if they reproduce and distribute materials in the knowledge that those materials are copies of our works.
We understand that schools and agencies may be extremely disappointed to discover that the materials provided to them – which they have paid for – are subject to copyright protection and should not be used. However, those organisations will also appreciate that we must take reasonable steps to protect the significant investment that we have made in creating our manuals.
The alleged infringements go back many years. There may be numerous schools and agencies that are unaware that they have been using material which may infringe our copyright.
At this stage, our intention is to make schools and other agencies aware of our rights so that they can address the matter in an appropriate manner.
We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we intend to take a fair approach to innocent parties who may be affected by this matter, and we would encourage you to get in touch with us.
If you would like further clarification, please feel free to send me a direct email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be very happy to discuss this with you and explain the situation in more detail.
Mark Dawes, Director, NFPS Ltd.