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Intellectual Property


I was recently approached by an organisation to design and deliver a training programme for them to sell on to the public, we agreed terms for the delivery and discussed intellectual property. They confirmed by email that the "property" would remain mine and they would pay me for delivery of the programme. I have run a couple of courses for them but now I strongly suspect that they are delivering using my material.

Have any of you clever people out there suffered a similar experience if so what course of action would you suggest?

Many thanks


2 Responses

  1. This website may help

    Hi Yvonne

    Sadly, unless the content is unique and you can prove they’re using it inappropriately there’s not much you can do. In future, you could try controlling their access to your material by providing only enough handouts for a particular course. And you could draw up and get them to sign a "licence" limiting how they can use your material.

    This website is excellent for advice on intellectual property:


  2. Intellectual Property

    Hello AJ

    Many thanks for your response, as it turned out the company admitted they had used my material, so we are now in the process of drawing up a legal agreement, so hopefully all will work out !

    The website you referred to has been most useful.

    Many thanks for taking the time to answer my plea for help, much appreciated.



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