Visible Arts Ltd seek
to manage IPR in line with the human rights act as well as current legislation and industry agreements. It is subject to UK legislation.
Industry information: BECTU Animation Rates
Visible Arts Ltd have been
privy to extensive discussion in respect of sector rights management issues and seek to address such issues on a fair and
considered basis. All ideas, content and copyright in the layout of this site are © Belinda M. Hale B.A Hons M.A.
At no time has Visible Arts Ltd used any collecting society neither have
any of the crew taken payment in respect of IPR via a collecting society, rights management is negotiated directly.
There are no outstanding fees due to any other parties in respect of copyright uses nor are Visible Arts Ltd in dispute over
any such uses as they generate their own copyrightable content and have done
at all times. Neither is the Visible Arts Ltd involved in any co-productions or has it ever been these are declarable under
Visible Arts Ltd are not liable for the misuse of their name or image.
However any such misuse
should be reported to the police and Visible Arts Ltd will always support such prosecutions.
Any piracy of our rights interests will be dealt with strictly in line with the law. Any necessary negotiations
will only be in line with industry agreed procedures and clear cut violations will not be subject to any negotiation but will
Enquiries in respect of intellectual
property management & copyright clearances can be addressed to the Belinda M. Hale c/o human rights division:
No agents are appointed for such contractual
clearances or sales; neither do we retain any reps.
Neither do we have any self-employed reps working to commission.
We welcome direct approaches in respect of sales and always have done.
Action will be taken in respect of any reported misrepresentations as well as against anyone seeking to
ride off our reputation or bring us into disrepute.
We operate on a strictly professional
basis. We thank you for respecting this as we respect the integrity and autonomy of other businesses as well as individuals
We cannot be made liable for
any misrepresentative sales approaches by other parties that pertain to be on our behalf but that are not.
Mark St John may advise in
respect of certain matters.
We accept formal tender
only, no credit or informal licensing available, no payment in kind.
We do not make rights assignments
neither do we donate royalties as due to our contractual arrangements this is not possible or realistic.
However with the greatest of
respect to our 'fans' we appreciate their recommendations! Thanks for you vote of confidence!
We do not lease or rent artwork
neither do we provide art on consignment let alone sale or return.
We do not work on a deferred
In the case of artwork produced
for animation in the past other terms and conditions applied due to the collaborative nature of the works however no rights
were licensed or assigned and this is in the hands of relevant law firms with a view to identifying professional criminal
negligence where ever it may have occurred. Such instances have also been notified to the special fraud squad. Due to the
highly complex nature of the law surrounding such issues which spans international borders and historical changes in the law
the matter is a long outstanding issue for Belinda Hale T/A Visible Arts who is also the sole and only ever director of Visible
Arts Ltd. By default Visible Arts Ltd have knowledge of the matter as the director is fully aware of it however for the purposes
of the law the two businesses are separate legal entities therefore one should not be confused with the other but it should
be stressed that they are independent businesses and therefore both subject exclusively to the control of Belinda M. Hale
B.A Hons M.A.
Belinda M. Hale B.A Hons M.A
was a representative on the National Executive Sub committee for copyright at her Union for 10 years where legislation and
relevant problems that the members raise via relevant conferences are addressed. She is effectively makes her own case to
law firms with interest in relevant IP issues.
Some of the Belinda M. Hale
B.A Hons M.A's artwork is held in libraries for approved uses only.
Works are not held by Visible
Arts Ltd. The artwork is generally copyright of the artist and not the
company. As the artwork is the master for the animation, the film is simply copy.
Rights in the work are not ceded by virtue of the
assertions of others. Visible Arts Ltd do not recognise
such illicit and fraudulent assertions as a matter of principle unfortunately this will not stop those who indulge in such
waywardness from doing so and there is quite frankly nothing that can be done to prevent such fraud we would recommend always
getting such assertions in writing in order to evidence misrepresentations as we are powerless to prevent such individuals
from pursuing such activities unless it is drawn to our attention and substantiated. In such instances we would certainly
assist victims of such fraud in whatever way it is possible for us to do so and would take the matter up with the police
immediately. Please ensure that prospective 'licensors or purveyors' of Intellectual Property are the legal owners
of such Intellectual Property or copyrights.
Copyright clearances are only
made in written terms and strictly in line with UK legislation and on a work by work and use by use basis in respect
of specific rights.
Blanket assignments or licensing
do not apply please. We
do not make exceptions in this respect neither do we licence retrospectively where rights have been infringed this is
not possible. Please do not request such arrangements. To date we have not licensed any rights at all neither have we assigned
any. Neither is it our intention as yet to do so as we trade our artwork directly.
Visible Arts Ltd seeks to operate on a fair transparent accountable and economical basis therefore we do not
provide informal gratuities neither do we accept them. We believe that simple adherence to basic business principles
is infinitely more beneficial to our clients as well as to our business. We'd rather stay in business so we always do
common courtesy i.e please & thank-you coffee or water?
Visible Arts Ltd endeavour to treat all individuals with equal respect
for their rights in law.
Or submit a request form with
your details as well as specified product/ interest on the Question? page of this site. Orders?
Please note that any uses
in respect of the works by Belinda M. Hale that have not yet been notified to us directly will be investigated accordingly,
uses notified to us retrospectively will be dealt with in strict accordance with law. In light of the implications of accepting
monies is respect of such past uses such damages would only be accepted on the basis of full prosecution and a legal judgement.
This is absolutely necessary
as the artist will not be implicated in cutting deals in respect of any violations. These are not matters that can be privately
negotiated as they are serious infringements of the artist's rights to fair above board and transparent business dealings...
Visible Arts Ltd does not use DACS due to the fact that an outstanding issue
that Belinda Hale has drawn to the attention of in respect of their policy on Secondary Rights. Ms Hale has never been a member
Ms Hale is not under any obligation to use DACS and no longer wants to
publicise their activities and wants to assure people that they do have the right to opt out of the DACS scheme and would
urge anyone considering the scheme to seek professional legal advice as she did before using it. She is seeking recompense
in respect of the advice that she was given and no doubt the law firm concerned is addressing the information that she has
passed to them in respect of DACS scheme very carefully they were kept fully informed at all times of DACS position as well
as a that of BECTU who were responsible for setting up an agreement with DACS. Although Ms Hale was privy to extensive consultation
in respect of the agreement she was not responsible for the final outcome as she was neither a member of DACS Council or her
Unions Executive. Concerns that were raised by her were overruled and frankly for this reason a professional criminal negligence
law firm had to be found to address the matter as a whole. The attendant issues are further complicated by the removal of
legal aid for IP casework. Ms Hale herself is still liasing in respect of the IP management of her past works as a sole trader
which is complicated by historical changes in practice as well as in relevant legislation.
Ms Hale is not in a position
to implicate herself in fraud against herself by assigning copyright retrospectively and would appreciate greatly if this
was better understood.
Visible Arts Ltd does not condone
Human Rights abuses and whereas the Human Rights Act supports the right to freedom of expression it does not support the right
to pass off the creative endeavour of one individual as that of another. This is enshrined via an individuals moral rights
as the act also supports the right of faith as well as the right to privacy.
Whereas even those convicted
of a crime have a right to protection of their 'human rights' under the Human Rights Act as well as the right to a 'fair trial'
the Human Rights Act is not there in order to sanction crime. Just as the Church in the true sense of the word is not
there to sanction victimisation but is graced with the mercy to enable the victimisers to find salvation by repenting
of their actions. I do not mean to patronise but frankly the Human Rights Act is widely misunderstood.
With all respect to DACS
& BECTU I am not a member of either organisation and am therefore not subject to the DACS / BECTU mandate re IPR. This
is due to the misunderstandings surrounding mandate re IPR and the absence of any means by which it can be challenged without
great expense. I.e ACAS cannot address it as DACS are a charity. What's more the collecting societies are not monopolies and
therefore all individuals do have the right to opt out of using them and no one can be compelled to use them as no one can
be compelled to cede their right to fees that are due to them. It is their responsibility to address the issue and their choice
as to whether they want to effectively donate their fees or part of them to other parties. Ms Hale has not at any juncture
ceded authority in respect of her authorial rights.
The artist is removing the
information in respect of DACS & BECTU now as she feels that she has suffered enough and people will now appreciate that
her business is hers and that she wants to get on with her life.
She is neither a DACS nor a BECTU member and she will continue to pursue
the issue of her IP as is necessary but she does need the web space for her future work and it is not her responsibility to
inform the public in respect of copyright as she is not a free IP educational service.
The artist has not granted any licences or assignments in respect of her artwork to anyone and any such assignments or licences could
not be and will not be made retrospectively.
For future reference if any assignments or licences are made it will be in triplicate with relevant authorised legal advisors known only to the artist. This has been her express instruction to relevant law firms for some time now and anyone attempting
to make fraudulent assignments or grant licenses should be reported to the police immediately for any such assignments will
not be valid and the artist does have legal protection in respect of identity fraud and will take full action to have any
such individuals prosecuted in fullest accordance with the law regardless of who they may be.
Instances in respect of harrassment and intimidation from lawless individuals of the
artist will always be prosecuted.
Counterfeit products will be
prosecuted in accordance with Trading Standards legislation.
No retrospective licensing
will be granted regardless of who the parties may be.
No-one other than Belinda M.A Hale B.A Hons M.A has any authority to grant a license in respect of the use
of her copyright.
Ms Hales copyright is not subject
to any implied agreements.
Ms Hale only transacts business
on a formal written basis she has not and will not assign let alone licence on a verbal basis as this would have standing
in a court of law if disputed.
With respect the artist and
her business are not in membership of any formal or informal collective nor have she or her business ever been.
The artist has not received
support in kind from anyone let alone has she been dependent on any religious organisation, cult, gallery or society.
The artist does however claim
any tax rebates, mandatory awards and welfare payments etc that she is entitled to and conducts her self accordingly which
does mean taking the responsibility for pursuing monies owed to her in respect of her Intellectual Property Interests in a
manner that she is able to do.
Visible Arts Ltd has a policy of addressing look-alike with fair dealing
for review critique and exposing potential plagiarism.
The director in bringing any case in respect of IP issues will personally
prepare and substantiate it. It is inevitable that therefore cases will take time but those violating IP should be warned
that damages reflect the extent to which violations have run.
Visible Arts Ltd policy on fast pirates when it's 5 years the interest
due will be so much more not to mention one or two other incentives to damages...and hey whatever makes the world go around?
It's aggravating but to those who have been plagued by fast little bunnies with monies to do it...well there is light at the
end of the tunnel. If they're fast enough to mail you their cheek let them be until you're ready to sue. Question is should
they really do time for it? This has been the great debate in copyright circles and amongst the legislators. It is easy money
for them and they need a little slack cut to them whilst breeding, it won't work if they're stressed...and society needs little
bunnies to keep the old bunnies when they are older...is really fair to deprive them of having bringing up their own little
bunnies? There are an increasing number of fast little bunnies behind bars already and growing by the day...it is a serious
cause for concern as the question is it breeding that keeps them out and about their business? However is it fair for them
to deprive working professionally qualified Mothers and children of their rightful position in society? It isn't. Therefore
we always pursue the matter in accordance with our obligation to do so whilst in receipt of mandatory awards and if we weren't
we would have the means to do so anyway not to mention the interests so we always do.
With respect the artist has not ever been and is not affiliated with
any other business or educational establishment but she has given talks in respect of her artwork at a number of Colleges
in the past.
With respect such demonstrations of her artwork at Colleges would not imply
a ceding of her copyright in any way... she does not currently have any such engagements lined up.
With even greater respect
the artist may not be able to gain Community Legal Support in respect of violations of her artwork but fraud is a criminal
matter and the CPS will address it where ever it is evidenced. The
artist does have legal insurance in respect of identity fraud and the only issues that she faces to her knowledge are in respect
of certain past collaborations in film which need to be evaluated in respect of their contractual details, this is in hand.
Those who sneer prematurely and assume that they will get away with fraud and privacy should really stop for thought. It won't be worth it.
For those of you looking for
a little bit of excitement in your lives well join the Union and try your hand at consultative legislation and then you too
will find out about little known rights which are inalienable and cause you ever so much fun and games. Just don't involve
yourselves in other people's disputes or you may wind up with more than you expect as do you really want to take the
abuse that may be intended for them? Not a good idea leave it to the police always...even the union do at the instruction
of their own members it is the right thing to do
With the greatest of respect
the artist has neither the time or inclination to educate in respect of IP as she has had to address so many issues via her
Union on an unremunerated basis over 10 years... this type of experience is not School let alone Higher Education level. It
is brought about by virtue of 'professional association' and with respect not glamorously more through long weary meetings
with minutes agendas and discussion which has to be noted in order to understand the subsequent minutes in their full implication
it is not for the light hearted or the fast let nor is it easily obtained. The knowledge dry tedious and detailed not for
those in the fast risk track...As it is confidential it is not to be divulged out of committee therefore it is not obtainable
over a fast cup of coffee neither has it ever been.
Neither Visible Arts Ltd or
Belinda Hale T/A Visible Arts Ltd have ever been at the disposal of any other orgnisation or business neither is it anticipated
that this will be the case as they are independently trading legal entities.
Anyone seeking to create an
employment for themsleves with Visible Arts Ltd or Ms Hale may be prosecuted for it is an offence to do so and will not be
tolerate. Neither partie retains any consultants. Mr St John is a long term friend to both of good standiing.
With the greatest of respect
to those intersted in working with the company or Ms Hale the fact that you may have some work for us and may even moot this
to us does not in any way implicate us in any obligation to undertake work for you neither does any silence imply a willingmess
to do so. Any work to be undertaken by the company is subject to the above terms and conditions in the strictest way and subject
to written terms and conditions being negotiated as such in full and agreed by all parties in a transparent and accountable
Neither Visible Arts Ltd would
agree to any contracts which could not be shared with a legal represenative under no circumstances would they waive their
right to legal consultation let alone redress in respect of any dispute.