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Copyright FAQs  

Learn about what you can copy within current British Law and the college copyright licences
Last Updated: Oct 18, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is copyright?

Whenever someone creates a work in any media that person is given automatic ownership of the work. if anyone wishes to reproduce that work they need to seek permission or check that copyright has expired.

You need to observe copyright because there are costly penalties for breaking the law. However, we do have licences (see page on licences) which give staff and students additional rights and there is also the concept Fair Dealing in British Law which allows students to use material for the purposes of study.


How long does copyright last?

  • Literary work (books, plays, poems etc.) - expires 70 years after the date of the author's death.
  • If republished the typographical copyright given to the publisher lasts another 25 years.
  • Music - 70 years after death of composer
  • Sound recordings - 50 years since recording
  • Photographs /Paintings - generally 70 years after death of known photographer /painter

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