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Copy right


Hi, Does anyone know whether the following diagrams / processes are covered by copy right? Any details would be appreciated

Pareto's Law
Affinity Diagram
Paired comparisons
Weighted Comparisons
Data Analysis - 4 R's (relevant, reliable, representative & readable)
Performance Management Framework - 1) framework structure & focus 2) Performance Measures 3) Performance targets 4) Role & responsibilities.

Sarah Galway

3 Responses

  1. Copyright
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    I suspect – but cannot confirm – that the last 4 on your list are generalsised concepts with many parents. Nevertheless if you are drawing upon a particular source, you should cite it.

    The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 doesn’t go into precise details but the British Copyright Council (BCC)has given some guidance, on personal use, for example. My interpretation of the Act and the guidance suggests that you could certainly show an Affinity Diagram, for example, in a single powerpoint slide. And the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002 would allow you to give out copies to visually impaired individuals in certain circumstances. But, if in doubt, or you want to distribute copies more widely, contact the publisher (the author may have certain intellectual property rights but it is the publisher that usually hold the copyright) or, if you don’t know who that is, the Copyright Licensing Agency. That is the best approach in an ideal world, and where copyright exists.

    Interestingly the Pareto Principle was named after the economist, Pareto, but was actually coined by Juran. Often expressed as the 80:20 rule it is in wide circulation.
    The Affinity Diagram, created by Kawakita, has a fascinating ecological heritage. It may well be that you are using an evolved and adapted version of his original KJ model (most people do) and it could be hard to track who, if anyone, has the rights to the exact model you wish to refer to.
    I suspect that if you cited sources, such as a web site where these two feature, and kept your description short and accurate, this may be as much as you can do.
    Of course, I’m sure you appreciate that this is my personal opinion and does not constitute legal advice.

  2. Thanks
    Thanks for all your help on this, it has given me a place to start and I will continue to investigate!


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