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Friday, 16 September 2011

Mr. Barford

Time to call it a day Paul, you obviously need me to spell it out to you . You have three choices to make:
1. you either make an out of court settlement for copyright infringements and damages to my reputation, In which I will send you an invoice tonight for £10,000, as you were aware in an earlier email I sent you on the 2nd August that I said the images were my copyright and they were £500 each.You actually uploaded over 120 of them, even though you were aware of the cost.

May I suggest you seek legal advice, because it is you that has clearly broken the law not me!

You have made no attempt to pay for there use, and I did not give you permission to use them in this manner. You also added items of Treasure making it look like I had found these, and not declared them under the Treasure Act.
2. Second choice is delete all you blogs on heritage subjects, and never write one again, if you do I will still take action out on you, as they have been vindictive in the way you have written them  about me. You have clearly tried to damage my reputation.
3. If I do not hear by Saturday 17th September 2011 at 6.00pm, that you have not opted for one of the other choices on offer , I will instruct Carter Ruck on Monday to sue you for copyright infringements, malicious falsehoods and damage to my reputation, by putting up personal information on the web for all to see, and publishing my address. They have already told me you cannot win, so it’s up to you. Carter Ruck will get your address from Google as they have all your details, and they will have to supply it, when a writ is issued.
You are still trying to stir up trouble as we speak, by twisting the truth on other blogs, but facts speak for themselves, you have clearly stolen the images that I host on my web sites.  It is useless removing item from your blog as we already have hard copies of the original blog you did, with the images clearly seen.

Email sent to Paul Barford 2nd August

Dear Paul Barford
I am the proprietors of all copyright in a literary and artistic work from the web site ‘The Portable Antiquities Society‘. We have reserved all rights in the Work, which was first expressed in material form on the Portable Antiquities Society web site 2011.
It has come to our attention that items on your various blogs is identical/substantially similar to our copyrighted Work. Permission was neither asked nor granted to reproduce our Work and your Work therefore constitutes infringement of our rights. In terms of the Copyright Statutes, we are entitled to an injunction against your continued infringement, as well as to recover damages from you for the loss we have suffered as a result of your infringing conduct.
In the circumstances, we demand that you immediately:
1. remove all infringing content and notify us in writing that you have done so;
2. pay a licensing fee in the amount of £500 per photograph and text.
3. Immediately cease the use and distribution of copyrighted material;
4. Undertake in writing to desist from using any of our copyrighted Work in future without prior written authority from us.
We await to hear from you by no later than close of business on 3rd August 2011
This is written without prejudice to our rights, all of which are hereby expressly reserved.
Yours faithfully,
Steve Taylor

This a copy of Paul's Blog after the email was sent:

Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Unknown Club Member and His Finds (I)

For a decade and a half it has been recognised that metal detecting is a hugely enjoyable outdoor hobby that can bring enormous public benefits by producing new evidence about the past. There is a Code of Responsible Practice for Metal Detectorists in England to which all members of our club adhere. Sadly there are history seekers out there who do not. Some of them are happy to report to the authorities which they obviously hate and distrust so much those finds that will get them in the newspapers or for which they'll be paid a cash reward. These people are less forthcoming outside metal detecting circles about his other finds. They obviously feel that "sharing the information" with the public consists of sticking a few dozen photos of things they have found on Flicr or similar public media and that's enough. One of the guys who seems to represent this school of thought has been an active member of the forum of the breakaway heritage society formed by Steve Tayler in April (more about this later) and has deceptively adopted a screen name extremely similar to one used by our Steve in the past ("ChainmAIL", instead of "ChainmALE"). This is a sneaky trick to hide his identity and we feel sure that Steve will take steps to make sure this individual acts more responsibly in future. Let's take a look at the gallery of finds he has made.

The metal detectorist who posted these finds in a public gallery apparently thought it was enough to share his finds with the public by putting them up on a photo gallery to be seen, but there is no information given attached to any of them where they come from, and which ones have been reported to the PAS as is required by the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England to which our club members all adhere. We urge "Chainmail" to do the right thing and report these finds to the authorities so that a proper public record can be made of them and all this information is not lost.


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