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you wish to use and will normally require an acknowledgement.
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it can be reproduced. Even adaptations are subject to copyright
and sometimes permission to make alterations will not be
term of copyright varies from country to country. In the
UK it is now seventy years from the end of the year in which
the author died, or in the case of any posthumously published
work, seventy years from the end of the year of publication.
In the case of journals which hold the copyright in their
articles the term is seventy years after publication.
the USA the term of copyright lasts for a period from the
date of publication. This period varies according to the
year of publication.
in the public domain, such as Hansard, does not generally
require permission. Speeches made in public also fall into
this category but very little else does. Government publications
from HMSO are not in the public domain.
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or you have doubts about what is involved.
can take a long time for permissions to be granted. Sometimes
you will find it difficult to track down the copyright holder
– the original publishing company may have gone out
of business, for example – so it is important that
you start writing for them early on.
use the standard permission letter which you can download
from this website when writing for permissions.