Copyright for Information Professionals

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This module will provide students with:

  • An in-depth knowledge of British copyright law in its relation to archives and records
  • An understanding of this relates to European and international law
  • The ability to make judgments as to the ownership and duration of copyright
  • An understanding of copyright in the digital environment  

The module will examine the following areas:

  • British copyright in historical perspective
  • Subject matter and protection criteria
  • Authorship and ownership
  • Economic rights and infringement
  • Terms of protection and the 2039 rule
  • Exceptions for librarians, archivists and records managers
  • Orphan works: exceptions and licensing
  • Managing copyright: digitisation and risk

Number of credits

10 SCQF credits (5 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)


Victoria Stobo