Can I copy an item and use it for commercial purposes?


Unless the item in question is within the public domain, or your activity covered is by an exception to copyright which permits commercial reuse, you are generally not able to reproduce copied material for a commercial purpose. In order to do so you must obtain either permission or a licence from the recognised rights holder(s).

Where this has been done you should then contact the British Library’s Permissions Team to request a subsequent set of reproduction permissions. You may be asked for proof that you have cleared rights in the material before your requested is actioned.

The Permissions Team can be contacted at:

You should be aware that British Library policy requires you to obtain permission for the commercial reproduction of ANY of the Library’s collection items, regardless of their copyright status.


  • Last Updated Jan 15, 2024
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  • Answered By Lina Nemanyte

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