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If you make mistakes they can be expensive. The basics of Copyright Law are simple - if you don't have the permission of the copyright holder in writing then you can't copy things. However, the details are more complicated. "Copying" includes putting material on web sites or newsgroups as well as photocopying so if you are thinking about doing these things, then think about the permission you might need.

The following is a guide to some of the basic points about Copyright Law. However, if you remember nothing else about copyright you should remember that the penalties against those who breach it can be severe. Some kinds of copyright infringement are actually criminal - as well as being fined people can in extreme circumstances be sent to prison. So be careful!


There is sometimes some confusion about copyright. It is particularly unclear on the Internet, where many people think "normal" laws do not apply. To help with this we have compiled some general information intended to clarify a few basic points of law.

Copyright is the same on the Internet as anywhere else. The idea that copyright doesn't apply on the Internet is a myth.

Copyright holders have the exclusive right to carry and licence out certain acts. These include photocopying or printing copyright material, posting it on Web pages or in newsgroups, publishing it in magazines, newspapers, books or on TV; in short, with very few exceptions, anything which involves making any copies of material in any form.

This means that if you want to do any of these things you need a licence from the copyright holder or their agent. Just going ahead without permission leaves you open to consequences including legal action.

Unless you know for sure that you have a licence to use some material you should assume that you don't.

The fact that something has been published on the Web or in a newsgroup doesn't mean that a licence for further use is "implied". It doesn't matter if your posting, Web page or publication is free, copyright still applies. It doesn't matter either if you acknowledge the source of the material, you still need written permission beforehand.

Although items often carry a copyright notice or © symbol, they don't have to have one to be "copyrighted". Material is automatically subject to copyright as soon as it is created. Unless you are certain that some kind of general permission has been given to use material, you should assume that all the restrictions of copyright law still apply.

Just because something has been published widely, or only a small part of it has been reproduced, it is not in the "public domain" unless it specifically says so or copyright has expired (and copyright doesn't expire until 70 years after the death of the author).

Thanks to a number of international treaties (the most important of which is the Berne Convention) copyright laws apply all over the world.

Being in another country doesn't make it legal for YOU to use anyone else's material!