This section provides guidance on what is permitted under the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003. The topics covered on this page are self-service copying, requesting copies for non-commercial research or private study from the NMBL & British Library, copyright and electronic resources and copying for the purpose of commercial research. However, you should note that without a licence from the copyright owner the following activities are not permitted:
If you have any queries regarding the NMBL’s copyright policy please contact Linda Noble, Head of Library
Self Service Copying: Fair Dealing
You may make personal copies under “fair dealing”:
Notices are displayed next to the photocopiers in the NMBL but it is your responsibility to keep within copyright law.
Ordering Photocopies from the NMBL: Library Privilege and British Library Requests
Copyright law permits library staff to copy one article from one journal issue subject to the receipt of a completed copyright declaration form, provided that the copy is required for non-commercial use or private study. By law one form per article requested must be completed and this must be signed by the person requesting the article. This also applies to requests for copies from the British Library.
Please note that if you require more than two or three photocopies from library stock, we would prefer it if you visited the library to do your own photocopying.
Electronic Works: Electronic Journals, Databases and Web Pages
Copyright law applies as much to electronic resources as it does to print and, as it is far easier to infringe copyright of an electronic source, rights holders are more rigorous in preventing and punishing infringements. Whilst you should always check the terms and conditions on web sites, in general terms only one paper from one issue of an electronic journal or part (5%) of an electronic work should be printed/downloaded. You should bear the following points in mind when using electronic resources:
Commercial copying is defined as being to do with making money either for yourself or your employer. The fact that your employer is not a commercial company is irrelevant, it is the purpose for which you need the copy that counts. Click here for a detailed definition of commercial research.
If you consider that you need a copy for research for a commercial purpose, you will need to:
The COPYRIGHT FAQ contains further information on commercial copying.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES REGARDING COPYRIGHT, YOU SHOULD SEEK LEGAL ADVICE BEFORE COPYING.