Most works published in the United Kingdom become public domain 70 years after the death of the author. So, it is essential to establish the date of death for an author to find out if his/her works are in the Public Domain. This video tutorial demonstrates how this can be done and gives several examples of searches using online databases.
Please note that nothing in this video constitutes legal advice regarding copyright.
The following websites are useful in establishing if material is in the Public Domain
- copac.jisc.ac.uk – a British academic library database which often records an author’s date of birth and death.
Which other websites have you found useful for establishing if an author’s works are in the public domain? Please add them in the comments below.