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Police called after Norwich kit leak

Norfolk police were called after 17 year old IT student Chris Brown leaked images of the Premier League side's kit for the 2012-13 season on the internet. The teenager, a season ticket holder at the club, has since apologised to the club after he posted the images which he obtained from the club's website which were clearly in the public domain albeit only accessible through the site's code. 

This is an interesting situation because legally unless profit has been made the copyright infringement is not a criminal matter.

Kit row

IT student Brown was able to access the images through the site's code whilst the site was undergoing updates. He then posted these images on Twitter and forums in effect putting them into the public domain on Tuesday evening. 

Chris has since apologized to the club and says he is "sorry for any offence I might have caused to the club" but insists that it was not out of spite because he has "an interest and love" for the club.

He currently holds a season ticket and has followed the club since he was at least 12 years old. The club called him on Wednesday which was a genuine shock to the teenager. 

The question is were these images rightfully taken or was there a genuine copyright infringement? The code of a website can be viewed from any computer and therefore these images were already in the public domain even if it mistakenly. However taking these images and posting them to social networking sites and forums is a breach of copyright. 

Norwich's chief executive David McNally had this to say: "We are the guadians of the football club whilst we're here and so we will protect our property." 

However copyright infringement is only a criminal offence if profit is made from it. If not the club would have to take their own action rather than rely on the police but will be interesting to see if the club do take legal action against one of their own fans.


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