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Permission is not given for any photos or data, used on this web site, to be distributed to parties other than paid up members of the Clifford Association.
Copyright legislation is to protect a company's or person's Intellectual Property Rights from competitors who want to copy the material and so profit from the company's or person's investment in developing the material.
A work is automatically copyrighted; nothing needs to be done to gain copyright. To breach copyright generally is making a direct copy of a whole article, or part of one.
For example, if you have a music CD, you own the actual CD but the intellectual contents, the music, remains the property of the people who made the CD. This means that you can play the CD as much as you wish but you cannot copy or sell the CD/music.
To be copyright the idea must be fixed in a communicable form. You can copyright books, music, family trees, software etc.
The copyright symbol © is written on to remind people but it is in fact optional i.e. the fact that it is not there does not mean that it is not copyrighted.
Copyright laws protect rights even in foreign countries.
For further information about copyright visit www.ipo.gov.uk
Last Updated 25 Apr 2013 Jackie Tench