Copying and Copyright

We would like to remind visitors to our web sites that it is not legal to simply copy anything which appears on the Internet. Under UK and International laws, everything which appears on line, in any form, is deemed to be Copyright unless the true owner of that copyright has provided the person making the copy with specific written permission to duplicate his property. The law is very clear on this matter and in no circumstances can ignorance of the law be used a defence.

Assumption = Guilt

Many assume that everything they discover on the Internet is copyright free and unlawfully download books, images, film, music, text and a whole lot more besides. Just because something appears on the web does not even mean that its presence on the web is lawful. A lot of people upload music and video to the Internet but, if they look closely at the small print, if they upload a copyright item to, for example, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on, it is the person who uploads that 'work' who is breaking the law. Apart from the fine they would have to pay, they may also be charged for the lost sales of the stolen copyright material - and yes, it is theft to take the work of someone else without paying for it. If you were to upload, say, The Barnsley Back Street Bucket Bangers 'Raving With a Ruler' and it was subsequently viewed by 120,000 visitors and assuming that the track was being sold on, let's say iTunes, at 99p; the legal copyright owner would be entitled to £118,000 in lost sales, plus compensation, from the unlawful up loader. There would also be a hefty fine to pay.

Under modern copyright legislation, the formalities of registration and copyright notices are no longer required. This is true of music, books, data, games and any other copyright material.


A lot of confusion has arisen as, in the past, the emphasis was on the copyright holder to mark their work as copyright, registering their work as such in cases where necessary. This is no longer the case. Under modern copyright law, the formalities of registration and copyright notice are no longer required. Unless they specifically state that an item may be copied, you must always treat the said item as copyright. There is no requirement for the copyright symbol (C) or the word 'Copyright' to be displayed.

Hull Remembers - The Hull People's Memorial

When visiting our web site or our exhibition centre you must always be aware that everything you see is fully protected under copyright law. You may not copy, photograph, scan or reproduce anything you see without first obtaining our express permission to do so. As a charity, we have to protect our copyright as it does not belong to us, it belongs to the charity and every theft of a copyright item is a theft from the charity.

Many of our films, our video resources and our pictures are licenced to The Hull People's Memorial; we do not own the copyright of such items but have to pay a licence fee to the copyright holder. While many of our licensors permit us to use their resources free of charge, this does not mean that you would not be prosecuted by the copyright holder should you infringe their copyright. Some copyright holders charge a fee each time we reproduce their work - i.e. when we print a trawler picture for a customer. Some are very aggressive when images are used without permission. It has been our experience that Ghetty images, for example, would require £1,200 minimum compensation for simply using a thumbnail image without permission!

Genuine Mistakes

We use many images which people bring in, often claiming that they or a parent has taken the image, but the origin can often be impossible to prove. While we do make all reasonable efforts to trace the original copyright holder, it is inevitable that the occasional stray will slip through.

We never knowingly use the copyright work of another without gaining the appropriate permissions. However, if you see anything at the people's memorial that might be infringing the copyright of another please point this out to us so that we can take the appropriate action.

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 permits individuals to make a single copy of a "reasonable proportion" of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works for their own private study or research for non-commercial purposes under the terms of "fair dealing".



If you would like to use anything from our website, books, films, displays or anything else, all we ask is that you ask. Permission will be given whenever possible. In some instances we may have to charge a fee or refer you to the copyright holder but, in every instance, we will do our very best to help.

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