I havenít really followed the thread about copyright and
illustrations for excavation reports. Having had another debate with
an archivist about whether I was able to copy something, because I
was not undertaking private research, (a 1950ís architectís plan) I
am writing to my MP.
The current interpretation of the new law is that if are being paid
to do research it is not private research and we need the written
permission of the copyright holder. I would argue very strongly that
having a copy of something cited in a report is an essential part of
If we cannot freely copy those grey publications how can we produce
the assessments, the background research and similar short of camping
out in the libraries, SMR and similar with the old laptop. If we
cannot copy those vital plans, photographs etc to put in a report the
quality of the work will suffer.
I would ask for example everybody who has written an assessment to
say that they have indeed purchased originals of those out of date OS
I have always thought the all this copyright stuff was a bit OTT. If
we cannot do our research properly
Personally if anybody actually wants to read something I have written
and even copy it I am delighted. Surely this is why we publish things
so people can read them. I already now state in reports I produce
that anybody may freely copy them for bona fide use.
If at anytime somebody actually wishes to copy something I have
written, held in an archive office, library, SMR, HER or similar, for
the purposes of bona fide research connected with history or
archaeology, they may. This constitutes my written permission.
If somebody wants to reproduce something in a report please contact
me so that I can provide artwork. The charge for reproduction for
scholarly work, including work associated with the planning system,
is normally providing me with a copy of the publication.
Dr Peter Wardle
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