Need advice on protecting my Web images...

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Posted by Jim Lynch on September 18, 1997 at 19:36:52:


I'd like to ask for your help... I've been scouring the internet without success, and I have a half an opinion from a trademark lawyer through a friend in Australia which sounds logical but may not be relevant.

First, let me give you the background so anything you may be able to tell me may be answered appropriately.

I took medical retirement from an airline company (LIAT) in Antigua, West Indies (a former British colony) two years ago and moved to Canada. I trained for a new career as a programmer and moved into HTML/website design, paid for my own Domain and opened a site.

As free demonstration pages, one of the companies I hosted was LIAT, and I managed to do a trade exchange with one of LIAT's other suppliers in return for advertising. In having created a font with similar lettering, I also created quite a few images with their logos on them and inserted them on the site, which extends to about 25 public pages.

I then made contact with LIAT management and appraised them of the site, told them the address, and asked for official sanction. The response was a telephone conference call from the CEO and the Data Processing Department Manager, in which they discussed the site and my intentions with me and asked for certain changes, which I immediately made.

I subsequently received a letter from the CEO acknowledging our conversation and stating that because of the arrangement with OAG my effort was unofficial, and he assured me of cooperation in return by asking the Marketing Manager to assist me where possible.

I have not had a single piece of information provided to me since - in fact I arranged for someone to bring me a package of (public) information - rates, facts, press releases, etc. - and the PRO told me that "management" had stopped it from being provided.

The CEO told me that the OAG (Official Airline Guide) had been paid to put LIAT information on line, but about a week ago I learnt that a new domain,, had been created and checked it with my browser. I found one of my own images being used as a page holder, and I am concerned that OAG will strip my site of all the images I created and use them in their site.

My questions concern -

1. whether there is such a thing as a international copyright convention or treaty and, whether there is such a thing or not, whether a logo used by a company in Antigua is protected outside of Antigua,

2. whether the images I created myself, with the LIAT logos, some of which have been artistically enhanced, are my own intellectual property and unauthorised use may be negotiated or prosecuted under international law,

3. do you have any further thoughts or internet sources on the matter - a list of countries who respect copyright, for instance??

I look forward to your reply before knowing whether I have enough to approach a copyright attorney to take this further.

Thank you in advance for anything you can tell me.


Jim Lynch

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