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Copyright Clearance for Digital Media

Copyright is an important issue to consider before publishing material, whether in print or in digital formats, such as images, audio or video material.

Before we can capture, encode or produce any material, the source material - be that on audio or video tape, disc or digital file - must have been cleared for copyright purposes.

UK, European and International Legislation

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.

Further Information

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

For further information on copyright please refer to:

Watch Video:   ‘Legal Issues of Podcasting’

The following is a video presentation given by Martin Reid of Library Services, who is the Law Librarian at UCL. In it he discusses issues relating to copyright, with regard to podcasting and the area of digital media in general.