We have sought to ensure that the content of this website complies with UK copyright law. Please note however, that we may have been unable to ascertain the rights holders of some items.
Where we have digitised items, we have done so with items that to the best of our knowledge, following due investigations, are in the public domain. While the original works are in the public domain, we reserve all rights to the usage of the digital works.
If you feel that your copyright has been infringed in any way, please notify us in writing immediately. Postal complaints made under this policy may be sent to Unit 4 Challeymead Business Park, Melksham, Wilts, SN12 8BU
All complaints made under this policy must contain the following information:
- the complainant's full name, address, telephone number and email address
- a full description of the material about which the complaint is made, including the full URL of the location of the material on the Forces War Records website (the "Protected Material")
- the grounds of complaint including the law that is said to be infringed, e.g.
- Unauthorised use by reason of reproduction and/or making available the Protected Material
- of any moral rights (the author’s integrity/right not to have work subjected to derogatory treatment)
- Issues on grounds other than copyright and/or related rights, such as trade mark infringement, defamation, breach of confidence, or data protection
- Any other relevant information in support of the complaint
- A statement that the complainant is the legal owner of the rights in the material about which complaint is made
- A statement that the information contained within the complaint is accurate and that the complainant believes that the reproduction, publication, distribution and use of the Protected Material is infringed as described in the complaint
On receipt of a valid (based on UK law) complaint Forces War Records will:
- Acknowledge receipt of your complaint in the manner it was received (i.e. by email or letter) within 10 working days of receipt
- Temporarily remove the Protected Material from public display
- Make an assessment of the validity and plausibility of the complaint, seeking legal advice as required.
If the complaint appears to have merit Forces War Records will attempt to resolve the issue:
- For items where permission has been granted by a third party, contact with the relevant person/company will be made and they will be encouraged to allay concerns regarding the complaint
- For orphan works, if the complaint is based on rights infringement, due diligence will be investigated and satisfactory evidence indicating proof of ownership of the item concerned will be requested from the complainant
- Rights and legal advice may be sought as required from suitable individuals
Forces War Records will endeavour to resolve the issue swiftly and amicably to the satisfaction of all parties
There are three potential outcomes:
- If the complaint is judged invalid or unproven, then the Protected Material will be restored unchanged
- If the complaint is judged to have partial merit, the Protected Material will be modified accordingly and restored
- If the complaint is judged valid, the Protected Material will not be restored
An email or letter of notification will be sent to the complainant to confirm the final decision
A record will be kept of the complaint, the review and the final decision.