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#1 25-09-08 22:33:58

spyder_steve
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Advertsing

After battiling with my school for pupils I took the initiative to advertise in our local press
"R** driving school"
"Quick pass courses available"
"Discount for block bookings"
"Call Steve on *********"
two days later I got a call from my manager "you in breach of copyright laws and we want you to remove the advert staright away"

My reply "stick the franchise where the sun dont shine if your not happy as i feel you in breach of contract for not supplying me the Quality service as a school should"

No reply.. Question, are they in their right to proceed for breech of copyright if I work for the dam school ?


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#2 26-09-08 05:29:36

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Re: Advertsing

If you are with a franchise then I would suggest that you should get an advert checked over before you place anything mentioning their name.  Certaily with the AA I am not allowed to place any advert without their permission first.  I don't think your manager is correct in saying there is a copyright issue, but I bet there are conditions set in your contract about the placing of adverts so you may be in breach of contract.  All you need to do is remove the franchise name from the advert.

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#3 26-09-08 06:23:52

Lynne
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Re: Advertsing

Nige I didn't know you were with the AA?  How's things there these days? 

I don't think the school can stop you advertising yourself Steve you are self employed they can't stop you getting your own work.  I know the AA did/?Still does  contribute towards ads but we had a format I'm sure.  To be honest though Steve why are you paying advertising space to promote the school and risk someone going to them direct I'd be using the space to advertise what I was worth.  (That could be open to debate  big_smile )

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#4 26-09-08 06:35:36

tony adi
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Re: Advertsing

Question, are they in their right to proceed for breech of copyright if I work for the dam school ?

You don't work for them, you work for you. It's a popular misconception with franchises that somehow you work for the school, total b0ll0cks. You are self employed. If anything the school works for you, your paying them not the other way round.

Basic copyright law, you can't use another companies trading name without their permission. Yet presumably their name is on your car, so you have their permission to advertise on your car, would be interesting to hear their argument why you can't use it in your advert then. Unless there is a specific exclusion in your contract, it would be dubious how they could get it to stand up in court.


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#5 26-09-08 12:10:28

smithwold
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Re: Advertsing

Although as self employed you are able to advertise yourself, there may restrictions on the use of corporate logos and phrases.
Other than that, carry on!

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