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Dr Alcock

It applies to literary, dramatic and musical works created before 1 August
1989, under the terms of s7(6) of the Copyright Act 1956, by virtue of the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 sch 1 para 16(a), ie including
diaries. It does not apply to artistic works unless they are illustrations
accompanying the text (1956 s7(9), 1988 sch 1 para 16).

Tim
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Tim Padfield
Copyright Officer
Curator of Photographs
Secretary of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on Public Records

Public Record Office
Tel: 020-8876 3444 ext 2351
Fax: 020-8392 5295

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> From: 	DR N W ALCOCK[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
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> Sent: 	21 January 2000 11:05
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> Subject: 	RE: copyright in manuscripts
> 
> Tim Padfield's response about copyright in diaries, includes:
> 
> > If the diary was created before 1 August 1989; the author is known to
> have
> > been dead for more than 50 years; the diary is more than 100 years old;
> and
> > the present copyright owner is unknown to the publisher, the diary may
> be
> > published without permission.
> 
>  Presumably this applies to all manuscript material - as far as I
> remember, 
> this important qualification wasn't stated in the latest Copyright leaflet
> I 
> looked at (from Worcestershire RO, I think - with apologies if incorrect).
> 
> Perhaps an expert could confirm the position.
> 
> Nat Alcock
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