This guide provides guidance on copyright within The National Archives of Scotland (NAS). As the user, you should bear in mind that it is your responsibility to comply with copyright legislation; neither this text nor any assistance given by NAS staff constitutes legal advice.
The content is likely to be of relevance to most NAS users, particularly if you wish to do any of the following:
request copies of documents;
make further use of copies already supplied;
make further use of notes about, quotations from, or transcriptions of documents.
The guide includes information about use, fair dealing, non-commercial research and private study, criticism and review, reporting current events, education, Freedom of Information, Crown copyright, private copyright, copying of Ordnance Survey maps, and acknowledging the NAS.
There is advice on specific classes of record and NAS publications: Church of Scotland and Associated Presbyterian Churches; Upper Clyde Shipbuilders; railway company and British Rail; records held under charge and superintendence of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland; the National Register of Archives for Scotland; published works held by NAS; the NAS website and leaflets; and NAS publications and online catalogue.
The bibliography lists useful websites, publications and copyright legislation and there are appendices on the duration of private copyright and Crown copyright, what constitutes commercial or non-commercial purposes, and the NAS copyright declaration for a copy of unpublished literary, dramatic or musical work.
Copyright in the National Archives of Scotland
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