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The growth in electronic information since the 1988 Copyright Act was passed has required new arrangements to be developed. These new arrangements have come partly through the adoption within the UK of international and European legislation and partly through agreements between JISC and the Publishers Association. International legislation through the World Intellectual Property Organisation is being adopted by the European Commission, although with a greater bias in favour of rights-holders as against users of information than appears in the WIPO legislation. Currently the European Commission has a draft Copyright Directive and EBLIDA, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations, is lobbying to ensure that the interests of users of libraries are protected.

For information on copyright legislation as it affects staff and students at UCL, please refer to:

For further information on copyright management in an academic environment, please see the Copyright Management for Scholarship website managed by the SURF Foundation:

For a model licence to publish form (produced by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) click here. This licence allows authors to retain copyright and provides for specific non-commercial use such as mounting a copy of an article on an institutional website.

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