British Poultry Standards, Seventh Edition – Copyright Infringement

It has been brought to the attention of The Poultry Club of Great Britain that a small number of websites have been hosting unauthorised digital copies of the newly released British Poultry Standards book.  The club has also been made aware that links to this material have been shared by some members.  Most of these instances have been removed following takedown notices that have been issued by the club, to the owners of the websites concerned.  Those that remain may pose a risk of malware infection to the devices being used to download them.

It is the position of The Poultry Club of Great Britain that such unacceptable illegal activity will not be condoned. Those responsible should also be aware that they may be subject to prosecution under the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. Any future cases reported will be investigated by the PCGB and further action may be taken.

The PCGB would like to thank those members who have come forward with information relating to this matter and would remind individuals that funds raised by the club through sales of the standards book go towards supporting the charitable aims.  It is disheartening that anyone would want to steal from a charity, particularly a charity they are an active member of.  Further information on the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/copyright-acts-and-related-laws

Kind regards

Louise Carpenter
Chairperson
The Poultry Club of Great Britain