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 This comprehensive manual uniquely outlines copyright law in the UK with special reference to the unpublished materials commonly found in archive and records collections such as maps, legal records, records of local authorities and parish registers.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rental and lending, education, broadcasts, access to digital material on the premises and the publication of older unpublished works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?    
1.1 The nature of copyright    
1.2 The development of copyright    
1.3 Copyright and records    
2. Copyright protection   
2.1 Protection for works    
2.2 Literary, dramatic and musical works    
2.3 Artistic works     
2.4 Films    
2.5 Sound recordings    
2.6 Other works   
3. Ownership       
3.1 Qualification     
3.2 First owner  
3.3 Acquisition of copyright     
3.4 Assertion of ownership    
4. Publication, exhibition and performance    
4.1 Publication    
4.2 Exhibition and performance    
5. Use        
5.1 The copyright owner’s rights and infringement of them    
5.2 Permission    
5.3 Exceptions and limitations    
5.4 Copying in archives, libraries and museums    
5.5 Litigation and legal advice 
6. Copyright in the electronic environment   
6.1 Introduction     
6.2 Internet     
6.3 Electronic mail and social media
6.4 Databases     
6.5 Records in the electronic environment     
6.6 Computers and computer programs 
7. Special cases 
7.1 British Isles outside the UK    
7.2 Records of a repository’s parent institution or authority    
7.3 Gifts and deposits of records    
7.4 Public records    
7.5 Records of local authorities    
7.6 Records of ecclesiastical and religious bodies    
7.7 Legal records    
7.8 Electoral registers     
7.9 Business records     
7.10 Estate, manorial and personal records     
7.11 Hospital and medical records     
7.12 Transport records    
7.13 Office-holders, members and unincorporated bodies    
7.14 Maps, charts and plans, together with engravings and prints 
7.15 Legal deposit   
8. Other intellectual property rights     
8.1  Moral rights     
8.2 Databases and database right     
8.3 Publication right     
8.4 Public Lending Right     
8.5 Performers’ rights     
8.6 Designs, patents and trade marks     
8.7 Confidentiality     
8.8 Artist’s resale right (droit de suite)     
9. Appendix     
9.1 Charts and tables for the duration of copyright     
9.2 Copyright Declarations     
9.3 Model licences     
9.4 Model assignment to the record office     
10. Bibliography     
10.1 Documents     
10.2 Books    
10.3 Useful websites    
11. Authorities     
11.1 Treaties and EU instruments     
11.2 Statutes     
11.3 Statutory instruments     
11.4 Cases

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 on which he represents the Archives and Records Association and is adviser on copyright to the Bodleian Libraries. 


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