Reading the agenda for the Anston Parish Council meeting which took place on Wednesday 9th December I was intrigued by Item 16 (iii) and (iv) which was proposed by Councillor Darren Smith: ‘To discuss possible copyright infringement by anstonparishcouncilwatch’. This is a follow-up to his letter to the Clerk to the Council on 18th November in which he claims “The site in question has the APC logo at the centre of its home page. I’m pretty sure this is copyright infringement”.
I’ve got bad news for Cllr.Smith.
Under UK copyright law, if you commission a design agency/IT consultant to design a logo for you, they are deemed to own the copyright in that logo unless there is an agreement to the contrary. You, as the commissioner, would have an implied licence and right to be able to use the logo for your business if you have paid for design of the logo. However, you will not own the intellectual property and copyright in that logo. It is also obvious and plain to see that APCW has the word ‘Watching’ in red letters above ‘Anston Parish Council’. (Before this site went ‘live’ advice was sought and taken from an experienced website developer/builder who is well aware of the legalities regarding copyright and content)
Then Item 16 (iv) ‘To discuss legal position regarding councillors uploading statements to anstonparish councilwatch’. Cllr.Smith has “serious reservations as to whether councillors should be making some of the comments they are making on the site”.
More bad news for Cllr.Smith.
Not one comment on this site has ever been signed ‘Cllr. XXXX’. All comments are posted by private individuals. The fact some of these individuals are councillors is irrelevant, there is nothing to stop any citizen posting a comment on any blog anywhere. Perhaps he should have gone to Specsavers?
I have a very strong suspicion Cllr.Smith is being fed
lies false and erroneous information by members of the Labour party who still adhere to their 1960’s Stalinist views on Free speech and Democracy. The word on the street is that this blog as well as two other local blogs: https://rotherhampolitics.wordpress.com/ and https://lovedinnington.wordpress.com/ gets right up the noses of certain Labour councillors, ex Labour councillors and their supporters. Tough. They should learn to deal with criticism in a proper manner instead of wasting time and effort by using a new parish councillor to try and undermine free speech and a successful blog. You will not succeed.
PS. Labour party members and their supporters should re-read this: