Where can I find out about copyright?

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If you wish to copy or scan Library materials you need to ensure you comply with copyright law.

  • Copyright gives authors and others who produce creative works legal ownership of their work, for a period of time
  • It applies to literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works, sound recordings and films, and the typographical arrangement of published editions
  • These works are protected by copyright automatically, so long as they are original and recorded in a tangible form; works do not need a © symbol to be protected by copyright
  • Copyright is a form of intellectual property that may be sold, transferred or inherited, which means it is not necessarily owned by the author of the work

Further information on Copyright is available here

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