Copyright for Archivists and Records Managers, 6th edition

Oct 2019 | 384pp

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Copyright for Archivists and Records Managers, 6th edition

Tim Padfield

As an archivist or records manager it is essential to keep up to date with the complexities of copyright legislation, and Copyright for Archivists and Records Managers has been described as an ‘unparalleled’ resource for that purpose.

What is copyright? Who owns it and for how long? What rights does it confer, and what are the limitations and exceptions? This comprehensive manual uniquely outlines copyright law in the UK with special reference to the unpublished materials commonly found in archive and records collections such as maps, legal records, records of local authorities and parish registers. It also gives comprehensive information on authorship and duration of copyright in older as well as modern works and on the wide range of exceptions and limitations to copyright, particularly those relevant to archivists, records managers, librarians and curators. It offers advice on rights in the electronic environment, moral rights and rights in databases and contains extensive tables of duration of copyright in other countries.

The sixth edition of this respected work has been extensively revised and updated, in particular by:

  • revision of the commentaries on the nature of originality in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and of a substantial part of a copyright work
  • updating of the explanation of how a work of overseas origin qualifies for copyright protection in the UK, to reflect changes to the legislation
  • revision of the commentaries on publication, issue of copies to the public and communication to the public
  • more explanation of the exceptions for quotation, text and data mining, disability, rental and lending, education, broadcasts, access to digital material on the premises and the publication of older unpublished works
  • updating of the charts for the duration of copyright where countries have amended their legislation

Readership: This book will be useful reading for all archivists and records managers; LIS professionals in libraries, museums and galleries; students, researchers and genealogists.



Key points
1. What is copyright?    
The nature of copyright    
The development of copyright    
Copyright and records    
2. Copyright protection   
Protection for works    
Literary, dramatic and musical works    
Artistic works     
Sound recordings    
Other works   
3. Ownership       
First owner  
Acquisition of copyright     
Assertion of ownership    
4. Publication, exhibition and performance    
Exhibition and performance    
5. Use        
The copyright owner’s rights and infringement of them    
Exceptions and limitations    
Copying in archives, libraries and museums    
Litigation and legal advice 
6. Copyright in the electronic environment   
Electronic mail and social media
Records in the electronic environment     
Computers and computer programs 
7. Special cases 
British Isles outside the UK    
Records of a repository’s parent institution or authority    
Gifts and deposits of records    
Public records    
Records of local authorities    
Records of ecclesiastical and religious bodies    
Legal records    
Electoral registers     
Business records     
Estate, manorial and personal records     
Hospital and medical records     
Transport records    
Office-holders, members and unincorporated bodies    
Maps, charts and plans, together with engravings and prints 
Legal deposit   
8. Other intellectual property rights     
Moral rights     
Databases and database right     
Publication right     
Public Lending Right     
Performers’ rights     
Designs, patents and trade marks     
Artist’s resale right (droit de suite)     
9. Appendix     
Charts and tables for the duration of copyright     
Copyright Declarations     
Model licences     
Model assignment to the record office     
10. Bibliography     
Useful websites    
11. Authorities     
Treaties and EU instruments     
Statutory instruments     

Tim Padfield MA LLM worked at The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office) for over thirty years before his retirement in 2013. He is a specialist in copyright, with particular reference to unpublished materials and has a postgraduate law degree, with merit. He is a past chair of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance and continues to represent the  Association on the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance. He is adviser on copyright to the Society of Archivists and the Bodleian Libraries.