The Bodleian Libraries have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with sections that are applicable to all University members, University staff, students and special materials. The FAQs can be accessed here.
What is copyright?
Copyright provides legal protection to the physical form of ideas for writers, artists, musicians, photographers, publishers and other creators. It is designed to protect how an author or creator’s work is used and ensure that they are rewarded fairly.
The UK Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and subsequent amendments under the Copyright and related Rights Regulations 2003 are the two pieces of legislation that provide copyright protection. Copyright exists in the following:
Who owns copyright?
Copyright is normally owned by the creator of a work but ownership of copyright may be transferred to a publisher or employer for example.
How long does copyright last?
The general guidelines on how long copyright lasts are:
Acts restricted by copyright
The UK Designs and Patents Act states that the copyright owner has exclusive rights to do the following with their work:
It is an infringement for anyone other than the copyright owner to carry out these acts without permission from the copyright owner.
Further general information can be found at the UK Copyright Service website at: