If you have any questions about the copyright implications of using the British Library's services, please follow the links below:
UK copyright law was revised in 2003 to align it with a European Union directive on copyright. See our frequently asked questions (FAQ) on copyright law for more information on aspects of the changes that affect our services.
Duration of copyright
Generally, copyright expires in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.
Please note that copyright duration is different for sound recordings, films, broadcasts and typographical arrangement - contact the relevant department for more information.
For all licenses for sound and video please contact:
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7412 7308