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When do I need to pay a copyright fee?

Although there are some exceptions, you will need to pay a copyright fee in most cases, including:

  • If the document you are ordering is intended for any kind of commercial use whatsoever, or research / private study with a commercial purpose
  • If you are not registered with the British Library, are registered as a commercial organisation or as an individual
  • If you are based outside the UK
  • If you are ordering more than one copy of the same article, or more than one article from the same issue of the journal (a separate copyright fee will have to be paid for each additional copy we make)
  • If you want to circulate copies within your organisation.

For more information on the definition of 'commercial use', see our FAQs on Copyright law.

Important: Paying the copyright fee does not mean that you are allowed to make further copies from the document without permission or an appropriate license.

You do not need to pay a copyright fee for an item ordered on loan.

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