Copyright infringement. What can you do if your work is illegally copied to furnish another website

November 12, 2012

I’ve recently discovered that a website in Belgium has illegally copied my plant descriptions and plant care advice for of over 3,800 plants, to furninsh their website.

I think it’s an absolute disgrace.  It cost tens of thousands of pounds to pay Authors and years of work to gather this data.

They have not been very subtle in the way they have copied my work. They have copied the plant description (including spelling mistakes and typos), Latin names explained, aspect , height etc including the source codes and simply put the data on their site so people to sign up for their website and Apps. The Apps have my data as well.

Fortunately I have Copyright transfer contracts with the Authors going back to 2001, so there is no doubt the text belongs to me.

The website in Belgium knew it was going to take them years to gather enough useful data to get their sites up and running so they decided to copy it for free instead. I’ve instructed a specialist Copyright Solicitor to write to them and have my data and images removed.

I’m interested to know does anyone else have silmilar situations where people steal your work?

Some people might suggest it’s a compliment to have ones work copied, but I don’t agree. It’s just greed. They are earning money from my work and saved years of work in doing so.

The site in Belgium also make out that they are a .org company in the attempt to make out they are an organisation. They are just three computer programmers who want to make a quik buck / Euro.

My specialist Copyright Solicitor is in contact the Company so I will be more than happy to share my experience with others in the same situation and with luck we can make it expensive and difficult for lazy people from doing this to others.

UPDATE:- The Belgium company have now removed the data and images from their sites. No apology though.

If you want to see my geniune site with in-depth plant descriptions, height, spread, aspect, etc please visit www.rightplants4me.co.uk  The site has over 3,800+ plants, mainly garden plants but also many other types such as weeds, trees, shrubs. Each plant has images to help with plant identification.

More plants are being added daily.

It’s free to browse but you can subscribe if you wan to be able to make plant lists and printable notes. I hope you find it useful.

The screen shot showing how you can search for plants.

Thank you

Best wishes

Neil

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Right Plants 4 me. Free garden plant advice website

March 19, 2012

A year on and we’ve added and improved the www.rightplants4me.co.uk website.

It’s easy to find and identify garden plants as well as wildflowers and weeds.

Simply select plants by their name, flower and or leaf colour, period of interest, height, aspect and soil type.

You can nor make plants lists. (1) Plants I Have and (2) Plants I want

This is useful when designing your garden to have year round colour and interest.

You can print your plants I want lists and take it with you to the Garden Centre.

Plants I have shows you which plants you have in any chosen month AND it will also let you know which plants you have in any month that need pruning PLUS how to prune them correctly.

You can add your own personal note to any plant. I don’t like labels so I keep a record of my plants and where they are in the garden. This is very useful because for example Clematis look very similar when dormant, with my notes and reminder when to prune my plants I know exactly which Clematis needs pruning, where it is and how to prune it. Some need hard pruning becuase they flower on this years new growth whereas some flower on old wood.

Here is an Iris with a note added

I’ve added time lapses of plants growing and flowers opening. They show some of the fascinating growth and design.

I hope you fine the site useful.

I want to build the site so I’m keen to meet photographers and authors to help the site GROW.

Although the site has UK flowering and planting times, it won’t take too much work to make it specific for the US and European countries. Please let me know if this is of interest.

Best wishes

neil


rightplants4me. New search functions on plant finder and plant identification website

December 14, 2011

We have added a quicker and easier way to search for plants in our www.rightplants4me.co.uk website. Rightplants4me is an easy to navigate website designed to help you find the right plants for the right place and assist you to create and colourful garden with seasonal colour and interest and will help you with your garden design.

Searching for the right plants to suit your garden and design is very simple

You can hover over the ‘next pages’ to see which is the first plant on that page. This makes it so much easier to navigate from plants further down the alphabetical order.

It’s now possible to add plant lists ‘Plants I want’ and Plants I have’

Make plants lists with images of the plants

 

and add printable notes with images.

You can keep records of the plants you have and add notes to the plants. This is useful when the plants are dormant and you forget what the pant is or know where it is and importantly be reminded which of your plants need pruning and how to do it.

 

You can make a shopping lists by making ‘Plants I want ‘. Print the list with Latin , common name and an image. When you’ve bought your plants you simply move them into your ‘Plants I have List’.

Each plant is accompanied with full description,plant care, pruning advice with illustrations and pest and diseases. Some plants have time-lapse sequences to reveal the fascinating private life of plants and their wonderful design.

 

The site is free to navigate . If you want to option to add notes and make plant lists we do charge a small subscription fee. The fees goes into adding and improving the site.

If you have images of plants that are not in our database please contact neil@complete-gardens.co.uk as we’d love to add plants to make the site more useful.

Best wishes

Neil


Rightplants4me is a new, free garden plant identification and pruning guide website

May 23, 2011

www.rightplants4me.co.uk is a free website to help you find the right plants for every aspect of your garden, seasonal changes and garden design.

Searching for the right plants to suit your garden and design is very simple

Searching for the right plants to suit your garden and design is very simple

With over 3,900 plants and 10,500 photographs we cover plants from grasses to trees.

You can find and identify plants by selecting any combination of colour, month / season. aspect, spoil type, height, Latin or common name.

Each plant is accompanied with full plant description, planting advice plus pest and diseases.

The illustrated pruning advice shows you what to do

The time lapses shows how the plants grow and the intricate design of their flowers.

We are adding more plants daily. If you have plants you want adding please contact neil@complete-gardens.co.uk

The site is still growing and we’re adding new functions as and when we can.

I hope you find it useful.

Best wishes

Neil


Garden Plant identification and pruning guide website

April 23, 2011

I’ve produced a garden plant identification and pruning guide website. It’s Free to browse

You can search for plants by any combination of Latin or common name, months, height,aspect etc.

it’s very easy to navigate. Just enter your search requirements, press search, and the best plants to suit your needs appear as thumbnail images.

Click on an image and you open up the plant description, illustrated pruning advice, pests and diseases plus I’ve added some time-lapses to accompany some plants. In most cases we’ve explained what the Latin names mean.

There are over 3,600 UK garden plants and over 10,000 images

The plant selection covers many different types of plants from annuals to vegetables and trees plus wildflowers and weeds.

The site is still in developments so we’re adding new functions and information over the next months and years.

We are looking for contributors with images and plant expertise. If you can help please contact neil@complete-gardens.co.uk


How can the Complete Gardens CD-ROM help you choose the right plants for your garden

November 23, 2010

Plant Finder. Search by selecting colour, height, season and name

Here is an audio-visual demo to show you how the Complete Gardens CD-ROM can help you choose the right plants for your garden conditions and your choice of garden style.

You can search by any combination of flower / leaf colour, month and season, soil type, aspect, height plus Latin or common name.

The best plants to suit your requirements are displayed within seconds.

Each plant is accompanied with in-depth plant care and illustrated pruning advice

Click here to see further information about the Complete Gardens CD-ROM

The Complete Gardens CD-ROM is British made and PC and MAC compatible.

 

 

I have made an interactive plant finder, identifier and pruning guide web site. http://www.complete-gardens-online.co.uk which I hope you find interesting.

It has over 3,600 garden plants, 10,000 photographs plus time lapse sequences and each plant has in-depth plant care and illustrated pruning advice.

The plant database is continuing to grow.  If you have good quality photographs of garden plants that are not not already on the database I’d like to hear from you with an interest of adding it to the collection.

Contact me on neil@complete-gardens.co.uk


Plant Finder encyclopedia CD-ROM Find plants by height

November 23, 2010

Multi list 3,500 plant CD-ROM lets you make multiple plant lists

The interactive Complete Garden plant finder CD-ROM lets you search for plants by height.

This enables you to find plants for the front, middle and back of the border as well as plants to add height and interest.

Here is a demo of the Cd-ROM so that you can see how easy it is to use.

To find further info and to buy the choice of our British made CD-ROMs please click this think

The Complete Gardens CD-ROM are  British plus PC and MAC compatible garden software.

See my November posts to see other demos of the CD-ROM

 

I’ve made a free to browse website www.rightplants4me.co.uk