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  • A gift from the dead of 1945


    January brings to the UK not only storms and floods but also a benefit to users of historical collections: copyright expiry. At midnight on 31 December 2015, the copyrights of people who had died in 1945 expired, and it became… Continue reading

  • ALCS and PLS to provide ‘rights identification service’ for book digitisation


    As described in a press release issued today, the Wellcome Library will be working in collaboration with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) to identify rights holders of in-copyright books for digitisation. This… Continue reading

  • The problem with orphans…


    Sooner or later, anyone planning to digitise works created in the last hundred years or so has to face the problem of what to do with those which are still in copyright but for which no copyright holder can be… Continue reading

  • Driving UK Research report launched at Wellcome Trust


    A collection of essays compiled by the British Library on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the digital world was launched at the Wellcome Trust today. The report, titled Driving UK Research: Is copyright a help or a hindrance?looks at the… Continue reading

  • Free at last! Wellcome Library Items of the month, January 2010


    “Wine of the Incas. … Coca of Peru. For convalescents.” Lithograph after A.M. Mucha. Wellcome Library no. 658317i. As fireworks, church-bells and champagne corks sounded the passage of 2009 into 2010, library users were receiving a benefit that was in… Continue reading

  • Orphan Works


    Intellectual property: you are surrounded by it. Every literary or creative work you contribute to (such as a letter, a book, a painting) is your intellectual property and you have legal rights over how your property is distributed and used.… Continue reading