Terms and conditions

INFORMATION ABOUT US

www.manufacturingnetwork.com is a site operated by Manufacturing Network UK Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under company number 09162591, which has its registered office at Thistle Down Barn, Holcott Lane, Sywell, Northants NN6 0BG (Manufacturing Network).

TERMS OF WEBSITE USE

These terms of use (together with the documents referred to) (Terms) tell you the terms of use on which you may make use of Manufacturing Network’s website www.manufacturingnetwork.com (Website) and support centre www.manufacturingnetwork-support.com (Support Site)

Please read the Terms carefully before you start to use the Website, as your use of the Website will be defined by what type of user you are.

The Website has four types of users:

  • Supplier Members: means users who pay a yearly membership fee (Yearly Subscriber), users who pay a monthly membership fee (Monthly Subscriber), users who are selected by Manufacturing Network and offered the opportunity to pay a lifetime membership fee (Lifetime Member), or users who are trialing the Website in order to decide whether to become a Yearly Subscriber or Monthly Subscriber (30 Day Free Trial Members). Supplier Members have their own log in details, as well as the ability to update their profiles on, and upload content to, the Website. Such content may then be authorised and published by Manufacturing Network on the Website.

  • Additionally, Supplier Members must be a company, registered in the United Kingdom and must manufacture in the United Kingdom. By the term “manufacture”, Manufacturing Network means the act of material transformation and/or assembly and the packaging or repackaging of a component, or assembly of a component, manufactured outside of the United Kingdom is not sufficient;

  • If a Supplier Member is located in more than one country, only the manufacturing capabilities it has in the United Kingdom can be listed on their User profile;

  • If a Supplier Member has more than one location within the United Kingdom, they must have a separate profile for each location;

  • Buyer Members: means users who have their own log in details, as well as the ability to save searches, create lists of suppliers and upload content to the Website. Such content may then be authorised and published by Manufacturing Network on the Website;

  • Contributor Members: means users who have their own log in details and who upload content to the Website but who are not a Supplier Member or Buyer Member. Such content may then be authorised and published by Manufacturing Network on the Website; and

  • Guest Users: means visitors to the Website.

(together the Users)

However you use the Website, Manufacturing Network recommends that you print a copy of the Terms for future reference.

By using the Website, you confirm that you accept the Terms and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to the Terms, you must not use the Website.

OTHER APPLICABLE TERMS

The Terms refer to the following additional terms, which also apply to your use of the Website:

  • Manufacturing Network’s Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy, which sets out the terms on which Manufacturing Network processes any personal data it collects from you, or that you provide to it, and also sets out information about cookies on the Website. By using the Website, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate; and

  • Manufacturing Network’s Copyright Policy, which sets out information about Manufacturing Network’s approach to the maintenance and protection of copyright in the Website.

CHANGES TO THE TERMS

Manufacturing Network may revise the Terms at any time by amending this page.

Please check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes Manufacturing Network has made, as they are binding on you.

CHANGES TO THE WEBSITE

Manufacturing Network may update the Website from time to time, and may change the content at any time. However, please note that any of the content on the Website may be out of date at any given time and Manufacturing Network is under no obligation to update it.

Manufacturing Network does not guarantee that the Website, or any content on it, will be free from errors or omissions.

ACCESSING THE WEBSITE

The Website is made available free of charge for 30 Day Free Trial Members, Buyer Members, Contributor Members and Guest Users.

Manufacturing Network does not guarantee that the Website, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted.

Access to the Website is always permitted on a temporary basis, for all Users. Manufacturing Network may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of the Website without notice. Manufacturing Network will not be liable to you if for any reason the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Website.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of the Terms and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

The Website is directed to people residing in the United Kingdom. Manufacturing Network does not represent that content available on or through the Website is appropriate or available in other locations. Manufacturing Network may limit the availability of the Website to any person or geographic area at any time. If you choose to access the Website from outside the United Kingdom, you do so at your own risk.

ADVERTISING

Manufacturing Network’s advertising does not constitute an offer to sell a service to you. It is an invitation to you to place an order. Your order is therefore your offer to buy a service from Manufacturing Network and it may accept or refuse your order in its absolute discretion and without giving any reason.

Even if you receive an acknowledgement or confirmation of order from Manufacturing Network with other details, such as an order reference number, this will not constitute an acceptance of your offer.

YOUR ACCOUNT AND PASSWORD

If you choose, or you are provided with, a username, password or any other piece of information as part of Manufacturing Network’s security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.

Manufacturing Network has the right to disable any username or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by Manufacturing Network, at any time, if in Manufacturing Network’s reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of the Terms.

If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your username or password, you must promptly notify Manufacturing Network at support@manufacturingnetwork.com.

CHARGES AND PAYMENT

The charges for the Website shall be as set out within the User’s profile.

The User, or Supplier Member, shall pay the charges to become a Supplier Member, or renew their membership, during or on expiry of their trial period, during or on expiry of that month’s membership, or during or on expiry of that year’s membership.

Manufacturing Network shall then invoice the User, or Supplier Member, on acceptance of the order and grant membership, or renew membership, to the Website.

The User, or Supplier Member, shall pay the charges:

  • before being granted membership to the Website, or having that membership renewed; and

  • in full and in cleared funds to a bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier, and

time for payment shall be of the essence of the contract between Manufacturing Network and the User or Supplier Member (Membership).

The User, or Supplier Member, shall pay all amounts due in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (except for any deduction or withholding required by law). Manufacturing Network may at any time, without limiting its other rights or remedies, set off any amount owing to it by the Member against any amount payable by Manufacturing Network to the Member.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Yearly Subscribers, Monthly Subscribers and Lifetime Members are eligible for free profile reviews carried out by Manufacturing Network.

If Yearly Subscribers and Monthly Subscribers have been granted a free profile review and have completed their profiles to an acceptable level but have not, in the reasonable opinion of Manufacturing Network, seen a return on their investment of Membership, they may be entitled, at the sole discretion of Manufacturing Network, to compensation.

The compensation shall take the form of the Yearly Subscriber or Monthly Subscriber being granted a further period of free Membership.

If Lifetime Members have been granted a free profile review and have completed their profiles to an acceptable level but have not, in the reasonable opinion of Manufacturing Network, seen a return on their investment of Membership, they may be entitled, in the sole discretion of Manufacturing Network, to a refund on their Membership.

TERMINATION

Without limiting its other rights or remedies, Manufacturing Network may terminate the Membership by giving the Member 14 days' written notice if:

  • the Member commits a material breach of any term of the Contract and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within seven days of that party being notified in writing to do so;

  • the Member suspends, or threatens to suspend, payment of its debts or is unable to pay its debts as they fall due or admits inability to pay its debts or (being a company or limited liability partnership) is deemed unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or (being an individual) is deemed either unable to pay its debts or as having no reasonable prospect of so doing, in either case, within the meaning of section 268 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or (being a partnership) has any partner to whom any of the foregoing apply;

  • the Member commences negotiations with all or any class of its creditors with a view to rescheduling any of its debts, or makes a proposal for or enters into any compromise or arrangement with its creditors;

  • a petition is filed, a notice is given, a resolution is passed, or an order is made, for or in connection with the winding up of that Member (being a company) other than for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of that Member with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of that Member;

  • the Member (being an individual) is the subject of a bankruptcy petition or order;

  • a creditor or encumbrancer of the Member attaches or takes possession of, or a distress, execution, sequestration or other such process is levied or enforced on or sued against, the whole or any part of its assets and such attachment or process is not discharged within 14 days;

  • an application is made to court, or an order is made, for the appointment of an administrator or if a notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given or if an administrator is appointed over the Member (being a company);

  • the holder of a qualifying floating charge over the assets of that Member (being a company) has become entitled to appoint or has appointed an administrative receiver;

  • a person becomes entitled to appoint a receiver over the assets of the Member or a receiver is appointed over the assets of the Member;

  • any event occurs or proceeding is taken with respect to the other party in any jurisdiction to which it is subject that has an effect equivalent or similar to any of the events mentioned above;

  • the Member suspends or ceases, or threatens to suspend or cease, to carry on all or a substantial part of its business;

  • the Member's financial position deteriorates to such an extent that in Manufacturing Network's opinion the Member’s capability to adequately fulfil its obligations has been placed in jeopardy; or

  • the Member (being an individual) dies or, by reason of illness or incapacity (whether mental or physical), is incapable of managing his own affairs or becomes a patient under any mental health legislation.

Without limiting its other rights or remedies, Manufacturing Network may terminate the Membership with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Member if the Member fails to pay any amount due on the due date for payment and fails to pay all outstanding amounts within 14 days after being notified in writing to do so.

 

Without limiting its other rights or remedies, Manufacturing Network may suspend provision of the Website if the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed above, or Manufacturing Network reasonably believes that the Member is about to become subject to any of them, or if the Member fails to pay any amount due under this Contract on the due date for payment.

CONSEQUENCES OF TERMINATION

On termination of the Membership for any reason:

  • the Member shall immediately pay to Manufacturing Network all of its outstanding unpaid invoices;

  • the accrued rights, remedies, obligations and liabilities of Manufacturing Network and the Member, as at expiry or termination, shall be unaffected, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach which existed at or before the date of termination or expiry; and

  • clauses which expressly or by implication survive termination shall continue in full force and effect.

FORCE MAJEURE

For the purposes of the Terms, Force Majeure Event means an event beyond the reasonable control of the Supplier including but not limited to strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving the workforce of Manufacturing Network or any other party), failure of a utility service or transport network, act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, fire, flood, storm or default of suppliers or subcontractors.

Manufacturing Network shall not be liable to the Member as a result of any delay or failure to perform its obligations under the Terms as a result of a Force Majeure Event.

If the Force Majeure Event prevents Manufacturing Network from providing the Website for more than four weeks, Manufacturing Network shall, without limiting its other rights or remedies, have the right to terminate the Membership immediately by giving written notice to the Member.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Manufacturing Network is the owner, or the licensee, of all intellectual property rights in the Website, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from the Website for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on the Website.

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Manufacturing Network’s status (and that of any identified Members or Contributors) as the authors of content on the Website must always be acknowledged.

You must not use any part of the content on the Website for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from Manufacturing Network or its licensors.

If you print off, copy or download any part of the Website in breach of the Terms, your right to use the Website will cease immediately and you must, at Manufacturing Network’s option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

NO RELIANCE ON INFORMATION

The content on the Website is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on the Website.

Although Manufacturing Network makes reasonable efforts to update the information on the Website, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on the Website is accurate, complete or up-to-date.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Nothing in the Terms excludes or limits Manufacturing Network’s liability for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, or its fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law.

To the extent permitted by law, Manufacturing Network excludes all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to the Website or any content on it, whether express or implied.

Manufacturing Network will not be liable to any User for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  • use of, or inability to use, the Website; or

  • use of, or reliance on, any content displayed on the Website.

If you are a business user, please note that in particular, Manufacturing Network will not be liable for:

  • loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;

  • business interruption;

  • loss of anticipated savings;

  • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or

  • any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

If you are a consumer user, please note that Manufacturing Network only provides the Website for domestic and private use. You agree not to use the Website for any commercial or business purposes, and Manufacturing Network has no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

 

Manufacturing Network will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of the Website or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.

 

Manufacturing Network assumes no responsibility for the content of websites linked on the Website. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by Manufacturing Network of those linked websites. Manufacturing Network will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

VIRUSES

Manufacturing Network does not guarantee that the Website will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.

You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform in order to access the Website. You should use your own virus protection software.

You must not misuse the Website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Website, the server on which the Website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the Website. You must not attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Manufacturing Network will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and it will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Website will cease immediately.

LINKING TO THE WEBSITE

You may link to the Website’s home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage Manufacturing Network’s reputation or take advantage of it.

You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on Manufacturing Network’s part where none exists.

You must not establish a link to the Website in any website that is not owned by you.

The Website must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of the Website other than the home page.

Manufacturing Network reserves the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

The website in which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out below.

If you wish to make any use of content on the Website other than as set out above, please contact support@manufacturingnetwork.com

THIRD PARTY LINKS AND RESOURCES IN THE WEBSITE

Where the Website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only.

Manufacturing Network has no control over the content of those sites or resources.

APPLICABLE LAW

If you are a consumer, please note that the Terms, their subject matter and their formation, are governed by English law. You and Manufacturing Network both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have non-exclusive jurisdiction. However, if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland, you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.

If you are a business, these terms of use, its subject matter and its formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. You and Manufacturing Network both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

TRADE MARKS

Manufacturing Network is a UK registered trade mark of Manufacturing Network.

PROHIBITED USES

You may use the Website only for lawful purposes. You may not use the Website:

  • in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;

  • in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;

  • for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way;

  • to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards below;

  • to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam); or

  • to knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

You also agree:

  • not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of the Website in contravention of the provisions of the Terms; or

  • not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:

  • any part of the Website;

  • any equipment or network on which the Website is stored;

  • any software used in the provision of the Website; or

  • any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

INTERACTIVE SERVICES

Manufacturing Network may from time to time provide interactive services on the Website, including, without limitation:

  • chat rooms;

  • comments sections on Disgus; or

  • bulletin boards.

(together the Interactive Services).

Where Manufacturing Network provides any Interactive Service, it will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated and what form of moderation is used (including whether it is human or technical).

Manufacturing Network take reasonable steps to assess any possible risks for Users (and in particular, for children) from third parties when they use any Interactive Service provided on the Website, and it will decide in each case whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the relevant service (including what kind of moderation to use) in the light of those risks.

However, Manufacturing Network is under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate any Interactive Service it provides on the Website, and Manufacturing Network expressly excludes its liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any Interactive Service by a User in contravention of its content standards, whether the service is moderated or not.

The use of any of Manufacturing Network’s Interactive Services by a minor is subject to the consent of their parent or guardian. Manufacturing Network advises parents who permit their children to use an Interactive Service that it is important that they communicate with their children about their safety online, as moderation is not fool proof. Minors who are using any Interactive Service should be made aware of the potential risks to them.

Where Manufacturing Network moderates an Interactive Service, it will normally provide you with a means of contacting the moderator, should a concern or difficulty arise.

CONTENT STANDARDS

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to the Website (Contributions), and to any Interactive Services associated with it. For the avoidance of doubt, Contributions include the accurate representation of yourself through your User profile.

You must comply with the spirit and the letter of the following standards. The standards apply to each part of any Contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

  • be accurate (where they state facts);

  • be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and

  • comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

  • contain any material which is defamatory of any person;

  • contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory;

  • promote sexually explicit material;

  • promote violence;

  • promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;

  • infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person;

  • be likely to deceive any person;

  • be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence;

  • promote any illegal activity;

  • be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety;

  • be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person;

  • be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person;

  • give the impression that they emanate from Manufacturing Network, if this is not the case; or

  • advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Users of the Website may report any other User to Manufacturing Network if they suspect they have breached any of the above standards. Manufacturing Network reserves the right to suspend a User’s profile and restrict access to the Website in the event of a report.

SUSPENSION AND TERMINATION

Manufacturing Network will determine, in its discretion, whether there has been a breach of the Terms through your use of the Website. When a breach of the Terms has occurred, Manufacturing Network may take such action as it deems appropriate.

Failure to comply with the Terms constitutes a material breach and may result in Manufacturing Network taking all or any of the following actions:

  • immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Website;

  • immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to the Website;

  • issuing of a warning to you;

  • issuing legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach;

  • issuing further legal action against you; or

  • disclosing such information to law enforcement authorities as Manufacturing Network reasonably feels is necessary.

Manufacturing Network excludes liability for actions taken in response to breaches of the Terms. The responses described in this policy are not limited and Manufacturing Network may take any other action it reasonably deems appropriate.

UPLOADING CONTENT TO THE WEBSITE

Whenever you upload content to the Website, or make contact with other Users, you must comply with the content standards set out in the provisions above.

You warrant that any Contributions comply with those standards and you will be liable to Manufacturing Network and indemnify Manufacturing Network for any breach of that warranty.

If you are a consumer user, this means you will be responsible for any loss or damage Manufacturing Network suffers as a result of your breach of warranty.

Any content you upload to the Website will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You retain all of your ownership rights in your content but you are required to grant Manufacturing Network a limited licence to use, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties.

Manufacturing Network also has the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to the Website constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

Manufacturing Network will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any content posted by you or any other user of the Website.

Manufacturing Network has the right to remove any posting you make on the Website if, in its opinion, your post does not comply with the content standards set out above.

The views expressed by Members or Contributors on the Website do not represent Manufacturing Network’s views or values.

You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your content.

GENERAL

Assignment and other dealings.

  • Manufacturing Network may at any time assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights and may subcontract or delegate in any manner any or all of its obligations to any third party or agent.

  • The Member shall not, without the prior written consent of Manufacturing Network, assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract, declare a trust over or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights or obligations.

Severance. If any provision or part-provision of the Terms is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of the Terms.

Waiver. A waiver of any right under the Terms or law is only effective if it is in writing and shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default. No failure or delay by a party in exercising any right or remedy provided under the Terms or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict its further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

No partnership or agency. Nothing in the Terms is intended to, or shall be deemed to, establish any partnership or joint venture between the parties, nor constitute either party the agent of the other for any purpose. Neither party shall have authority to act as agent for, or to bind, the other party in any way.

CONTACT

To contact Manufacturing Network, please email support@manufacturingnetwork.com

Thank you for visiting the Website.


COPYRIGHT POLICY STATEMENT

The board of Manufacturing Network UK Limited (Manufacturing Network) recognises that copyright is a valuable part of its intellectual property portfolio.

To ensure that Manufacturing Network is able to prove the subsistence of copyright in all original work generated by its staff (see paragraph 2 below) and consultants and is at all times able to maintain, protect and exploit its copyright, Manufacturing Network expects all members of, and visitors to, the website www.manufacturingnetwork.com (Website) and www.manufacturingnetwork-support.com (Support Site) to comply with this policy.

This policy may be amended at any time.

Any breach of this policy will be taken seriously and may result in disciplinary action.

WHO IS COVERED BY THE POLICY?

This policy covers all individuals working for Manufacturing Network at all levels and grades, including senior managers, officers, directors, employees, consultants, contractors, trainees, homeworkers, part-time and fixed-term employees, casual and agency staff (collectively referred to as staff in this policy), as well as all members of, and visitors to, the Website.

WHAT IS COVERED BY THE POLICY?

This policy covers all original work generated and commissioned by Manufacturing Network, and its staff, and any members of the Website.

ESTABLISHING COPYRIGHT PROTECTION

At the time of creation the author or creator shall mark all original work, whether draft, interim or final versions, with the following wording:

"This original work was created by [NAME][POSITION OR STATUS], on [DATE]."

Where possible, each item of original work should be signed by the author or creator.

An archive shall be established for the safe storage and easy retrieval of copyright records. The recordal system and archive shall be maintained by Manufacturing Network.

The following documents will be filed in the archive by Manufacturing Network:

  • notes setting out the key stages in the development process together with the names of the staff or members involved in the relevant stages;

  • all interim and draft designs, workings or prototypes that demonstrate the evolution of the work;

  • e-mails, letters, records of meetings, attendance notes and other internal or external documents relating to the development of the work;

  • the date of completion of each item;

  • in the case of published work, the date of first publication or marketing; and

  • the name and position or status of the author or creator.

USE OF COPYRIGHT NOTICE

In the case of original work that is to be published and/or distributed to third parties a copyright notice should be used in the following form:

"Copyright © [name of copyright owner] [year of first publication]."

If a work is amended or updated, both the original date and date of the amendment or update should be referenced in the copyright notice.

USE OF ADDITIONAL COPYRIGHT WARNING

Each member of the Website should consider whether a copyright warning should be added to some or all of the materials/works.  

THIRD-PARTY COPYRIGHT

Manufacturing Network and each member of, and visitor to, the Website will respect third-party copyright when carrying out its, or their, duties.

Manufacturing Network and each member of, and visitor to, the Website will consider whether third-party copyright applies to any material, whether in hard copy or electronic form, used by it, or them, and will not use any materials unless certain that the use would not constitute infringement of any third-party right.

NOTIFYING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

If a member of, or visitor to, the Website suspects or becomes aware of infringement of any copyright (or any other intellectual property right) by Manufacturing Network, any other member of, or visitor to, the Website, or any third party, he should immediately notify Manufacturing Network with full details of the nature of the infringement.

Manufacturing Network will keep full records of suspected or actual instances of infringement.

HANDLING REQUESTS TO USE OR REPRODUCE COMPANY’S WORKS

Manufacturing Network shall keep full records of requests, and any consequent assignments, licences or other forms of consent, to use or reproduce any of Manufacturing Network’s materials.

MONITORING AND REVIEWING THIS POLICY

Manufacturing Network shall be responsible for reviewing this policy yearly to ensure that it continues to meet legal requirements and reflect best practice.

Members of, and visitors to, the Website are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved by contacting Manufacturing Network.