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Exilica case study

‘Exilica found the British Library's Document Supply services indispensable while developing our microsphere particle technologies.’ 

Dr Daniel Lynch, Exilica

Dr Daniel Lynch, co-founder, Exilica: 'Exilica limited was formed as a university spinout company to commercialise micro-nano particles. These particles are something we had developed out of the university, and when it came to the actual commercialisation of these particles, Exilica was the perfect framework into which to go forward and to actually start selling and licensing the technology. Throughout the seven years that we had been developing the technology that eventually led to the formation of Exilica, we were fairly confident that the British Library contained all of the articles we needed. This proved to be very true and we greatly appreciate the British Library for having that resource. We were certainly very appreciative of the fact that access was free, for academics, which helped us immensely. But now that we’ve become Exilica, a commercial entity, we do recognise the fact that we actually have to pay for that sort of commercial access to those articles.'

Ben White, Copyright and Compliance, British Library: 'In the last 10 years, we’ve seen a massive shift from print publishing to digital publishing, and this has brought about the erosion of the traditional arrangements that have existed within copyright laws to enable academic research and the development of new ideas. The Library has been playing a leading role within the UK in the issue of copyright reform. We are dedicated to ensuring that the balance that has traditionally existed is taken forward. The balance is important to creativity in this country because it ensures the rights of the creator to be recognised and rewarded for their work, as well as the clear public interest in ensuring access to knowledge for future generations of researchers.'

Dr Daniel Lynch: 'It’s fantastic that the British Library is leading the debate on copyright in the digital age, to ensure that this balance remains.'

This extract is taken from our 2007 to 2008 annual report