IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING COPYRIGHT
Illustrated Standard for the Papillon and Phalene (commonly known as the
CISPAP) was published in 2005 in a limited edition of 1500 copies. The
authors of this work are Michael Foster and Deirdre Ashdown.
This book is very well known throughout the Papillon and Phalene world to
breeders, exhibitors and judges of the breed and contains a wealth of
text, photographs and art work describing and analysing in detail the
differences between all versions of the Breed Standard across the world.
In this respect, it is unique amongst illustrated breed standards. All
parts of this book are protected by copyright law automatically. In
addition there is a specific statement at the front of the book outlining
copyright restrictions and stating that permission will not be granted to
reproduce any part of the CISPAP.
Unfortunately over the years a few individuals and organisations have
chosen to ignore that fact and have reproduced parts of the CISPAP in
contravention of copyright regulations. In 2016 an overseas national
Papillon Club was compelled to pay, after legal consultations, $1200 for
the unauthorised use of CISPAP art work reproduced on their web site, even
though this was subsequently removed. This was the second time this club
had used our material, the first time some years earlier it had used our
material in printed form and had at that time been obliged to recall all
copies and destroy them at some cost to the Club and its members. In 2017
another overseas national Papillon Club was obliged to pay 750 Euros for a
similar infringement of copyright.
The vast majority of Papillon organisations and individual breed
enthusiasts are entirely courteous and respectful of our intellectual
property rights and would not put themselves, nor us, in the position of
having to contend unauthorised use of CISPAP material. However, there are
a few people who are, apparently, prepared to take the risk of using
CISPAP images and text in the hope that this intellectual property theft
will either go unnoticed or will be overlooked if discovered. The fact
that the CISPAP is unique in its field is, we know, tempting to
We would like to take this opportunity of stating that
under no circumstances will plagiarism of
the contents of the CISPAP be tolerated.
We will always pursue instances of plagiarism in accordance with degree.
In lesser cases we have in the past demanded that text and/or images be
removed from personal websites and/or social media but in future we may
well have to consider more appropriate action. In more serious cases, such
as if images from the CISPAP have been published and distributed, we will
always pursue financial compensation and a formal apology, plus an
undertaking not to plagiarise CISPAP work in future.
Michael Foster and Deirdre Ashdown