Find out if you need a licence to copy a creative work
You must ask the owner if you want to copy a ‘creative work’, for example:
- a diary
- a photograph
- a film
If you do not know who the owner is you might need an ‘orphan works licence’ to copy the work. You should:
See if the work is covered by copyright - if it’s not, you do not need a licence to copy it.
Read the copyright exceptions - if the work is covered by an exception, you do not need a licence to copy it.
Do a diligent search to see if you can find out who owns the work you want to copy - read the guidance on how to do a diligent search depending on whether it’s a literary, still visual art or film and sound work.
Apply for a licence if the work is not covered by an exception or you cannot find the owner - read the orphan works licence guidance to find out how to apply for a licence.