Most published works are protected by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. Under this Act copyright protection lasts for 70 years from the end of the year in which the author died.
Breaching copyright law is an offence. You are legally responsible for any copies made.
If the copy is required for the purposes of:
- Research or private study, neither of which may be for a commercial purpose
- Criticism, review and news reporting
you will be asked to sign a declaration to that effect.
If the copy is needed for a commercial purpose, or if you cannot comply with either of the above, you must have the prior permission of the copyright owner or pay a copyright fee.
The CLA Sticker Scheme (CLA) and the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) Sticker Schemes provide a simple way in which you can pay a copyright fee, for Assisted Copy service copying, and then lawfully copy an extract from a book, magazine, journal or newspaper for commercial purposes.
For further information, please consult staff at the Enquiries desk in the Boston Spa Reading Room.