Design firm in copyright row

Stand design agency Priority Design is locked in a copyright row with window frame manufacturer Profile 22.

Priority was commissioned to design a stand for Profile to be used at an NEC show through a third party. The third party went out of business and failed to pay Priority for the design work. Despite this, the design was still used by Profile 22, which Priority claims is an infringement of copyright.

Priority managing director Louise Walters said: "We went to the exhibition and found the stand being built. They did not know it was our design until we told them but we said they were infringing the copyright law and should pay us."

A spokeswoman for Profile 22 said the company was keen to solve the dispute.

"Because we are the people that unknowingly used the design we are anxious to sort out the copyright,

she said.

Walters believes the exhibition design industry is blighted by copyright problems. "The trouble with our sector is that designs are offered on a speculative basis. You get a note eventually saying the client decided not to use your work on this occasion but you don't know if they will then go ahead and use it,

she said.

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