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To make a copy do I need the Library's and the copyright owner's permission?

Copying that does not need the Library's permission

If you copy items from the Library's collections without seeking any additional permission from us, you accept the responsibility to make sure you do not infringe copyright or moral rights, as set out in the section on 'Your Responsibilities'. If you ask the Library to do the copying for you, you will be asked to complete paperwork that confirms that either the permission of the copyright owner has been obtained or no such permission is necessary (for instance because an exception applies).

You may find digital copies of items from the Library's collections, such as photographs or recorded interviews, on the Library's website. Where this material is described as having 'no known copyright restrictions' it may be freely used provided the Library and the creator are acknowledged; however, the Library does not endorse any inappropriate or derogatory use. See the full condtions of use here.

Copying that does need the Library's permission

In contrast, some collection items may have access restrictions that require permission from the Library before you copy them. This permission does not relate to any copyright in the item, but relates to collection management issues, such as the need to ensure that fragile items are handled with care, and that the Library is properly attributed for certain public uses.

We ask you to seek this permission for two reasons:

  • We need to check whether any special restrictions apply to the works. A special restriction may apply, for example, because we agreed to a request by a collection donor that they retain control of copying for a certain period, even though they may not own copyright in the works they donated. These restrictions are often requested because the material contains private or sensitive information.
  • So that we can secure your agreement to cite the creator and title of the rare or unique work you are copying, and to acknowledge the Library as the owner. That way, anyone who comes across your reproduction can trace the material back to the Library's collection. The Library generally does not charge for permission to reproduce rare and unique works from its collections.

Use of digital copies of in-copyright material requires a request for permission unless your use falls within one of the exceptions, such as research or study. You need to ask the Library's permission because a copyright owner may have allowed us to put a copy on our website but not allowed us to authorise uses beyond research or study. When you ask us for permission to copy the material, we will tell you whether copyright or any other restrictions apply.

Rare or unique works are often fragile or valuable. For this reason, the Library may not allow you to do the copying yourself. However, in such situations, Library staff may be able to make the copy for you. A fee may be payable to cover the Library's costs in doing so.

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