Friday, 26 September 2014

Copyright in the UK – How To Protect Your Work

roses red spot enamel teapot
Copyright laws in the UK are relatively well known. Following the explosion of online content, everyone seems to be at least vaguely familiar with when and how you would be breaking these laws. Of late, however, I have noticed a growing trend of people who don't seem to be as knowledgeable when it comes to actually copyrighting their work in the first place; and just because it's yours, doesn't mean somebody else can't take it. Here's how to ensure your work is protected.
red rose
Copyright Symbols

Whatever it is your looking to copyright, the simplest way to ensure it remains yours is to include the copyright symbol (©), your name and the year of publication at the foot of every web page. For example, simply writing something like “Copyright © John Smith 2014” will actually prove to be a legally binding notice of copyright should somebody steal a photograph of your production, a piece of text or anything displayed on the copyrighted page.
Terms of Use

Next, another good way to ensure your work is appropriately copyrighted is to include a Terms of Use section on your website, whereby you state explicitly that the work contained is not for reproduction. Simply include a few choice legal phrases to make it clear that you own the work. These include the no-frills “All rights reserved,” for a basic warning, or include something like “any unauthorised broadcasting, public performance, copying or re-recording will infringe copyright” to be explicitly clear. 
shabby chic roses
Digital Protection

The final tip is to attach some form of digital protection to your work. Especially valid in the cases of photographs, digitally watermarking your images will mean that the copyright information is embedded into the pixels of the image. While the image will show up clear on your site, if it is reproduced elsewhere the watermark will appear alongside all of the relevant copyright information. Other examples of digital protection also include using password protected PDFs or encrypting files. Unfortunately, however, the use of these will mean that only select people with the correct credentials can access your work.
vintage rose tins
What to do if someone steals your work?

Now, as long as you have applied at least some of the above advice to your work, it is, in theory, fully copyright protected. This means that the moment somebody reproduces it, you have every right to exhaust all of the legal alleyways at your disposal.

If you're happy with the website by simply removing the image, the best course of action would be to courteously email the website and request them to take it down. In the case that they don't reply or refuse, however, contact the webhoster. These can range from WordPress to Blogger, and as long as you can prove that it is your content displayed they will swiftly remove it.

If you want to take it a step further, though, and seek financial reparations for the theft of your intellectual property, then first take counsel from an experienced legal team, such as that on offer over at Coles Solicitors. In this event, you will again need to prove that the image is yours, as well as providing evidence of all of the steps you took to make it clear that the content was copyrighted.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Happy House Collectables

queen biscuit tin and deer ornament
I have been collecting bright and happy ornaments for a nearly all of my married life, I am lucky that I have a hubby that also loves this bright and whimsy style...
sindy pram and kewpie
 This October we will have been married 27 years and in that time we have accumulated quite a lot of things...we have moved quite a few times too each time upsizing and once downsizing to where we are now....and for me it is hard to part with the things that I love even though it is necessary when you have hardly any room to store them.
spotty milk jug
These are new pictures of some of my latest and oldest finds...I have done some re-arranging in my Cold House and I thought I would share the new pictures with you...
box brownie vintage buttons
When collecting old vintage pieces...just go with what you love, there is always something that draws you to a piece, it might be something that you remember from your past, a certain colour that attracts you....or something that is very tactile...all in all, if you love it and it is within your budget...just go for it!
vintage craft jars
Sometimes I think to myself...Why!!!! did I buy that! and then I get home and it fits in perfectly with my other things...and I realise why! you have to go with your sixth know that feeling...its an excitable feeling and you just have to have it!
vintage deer french enamel
Be confident in your taste and style...don't be put off by a friend saying OMG fancy buying that! Just think to yourself that you are an individual and this goes for everything in your life...don't be shy to say that you like something, especially when buying things for you home...this way you can create such an individual home...people visit mine and love to talk about all the things that we have collected over the's like a kitsch vintage homage to our memories of 48 years on this planet...and I love everything in it!
vintage buttons and crinoline doll
So in other words, be brave my lovely friends, decorate your home with the things you love, although vintage is better, shops like Cath Kidston, who sells modern vintage and Happy Loves Rosie, my own shop that will be stocked soon with more vintage goodness! can really help you with that bright and happy style that we have created in our home...

Have fun with your decorating and if you want to share any pictures of your style,
 come and visit me on my FACEBOOK PAGE.

What vintage finds have you found tell!

Friday, 19 September 2014


Just letting you know...that I am still up...infact I have been up all night watching 'Scotland decides' on TV and I am proud to announce that they have voted NO! 

Thursday, 18 September 2014


greetings from scotland
Today, Scotland decides whether to stay part of the United Kingdom!
There has been a lot of debate on the Television and on the radio and at first I thought...oh well if they want to leave us...then good riddance! 

Friday, 12 September 2014


tommy homeprides book
Well gals it looks like summer is nearly over!
 I don't know about you, but I have had cold feet and have had to put on a cardigan and some socks this week!
retro kitsch bluebird collectables
Usually I don't feel the I suffer from the dreaded hot flushes...!
but could this be a sign that at last my menopause is on its way out!
(Please please please lets hope it is lol)

Thursday, 28 August 2014


blue metal cafe chair red metal cafe chair
I know I have been blogging a lot lately regarding the kind of furniture that I like! I have been looking on the web and finding lots of really lovely furniture shops and this one happens to be another one that I am going to have to list as one of my fav's.

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