Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"I didn't know the site contains copyright violations"

We have put together a short summary to try to assist people in what to avoid on forums or web sites as we have received comments recently from people using Chinese sites saying they didn't know the charts are illegal copies. It is a non-exhaustive pointer guide. The countries specified are examples as obviously not all sites from these countries are violating copyrights but unfortunately the worst sites are found on their servers & takedown requests are often totally ignored.
Mainly it is common sense but sometimes it can be hard to tell which is why we recommend anyone in doubt to ask either a designer, a specialized forum or the Association.
This is a basis for educating and debate on the subject, as most of our posts are.


  1. The terms and conditions under which works enter the public domain are a bit complicated. In general, anything published more than 75 years ago is now in the public domain. If you are uncertain about whether or not a work is in the public domain, it is probably best to contact a lawyer or act under the assumption that it is still protected by copyright laws.
    Uptra Consultancy

  2. I have heard this excuse so many, many times. I don't know if I should be angry, feel sorry for their lack of education on the subject or what.