Is It Legal To Photocopy A Book For Personal Use UK?

Currently, the UK’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988 provides that the copying of copyrighted material without the copyright owner’s permission is illegal.

However, it allows copying for the purposes of research or private studying, an exception known as “fair dealing.”

Photocopying textbooks can be considered reproducing copies of the work, so you may be infringing unless the copying is deemed fair use. Although authors have pretty broad control how their copyrighted works are used, students wishing to make legal photocopies of a textbook may be able to do so under fair use law.

How much of a book are you allowed to photocopy?

Up to 10% or one complete chapter of a book, plus any associated endnotes or references. E.g. if a chapter comprises 25% of a book, you can photocopy the entire chapter; but if you want to photocopy extracts from more than one chapter, you can only copy up to 10% of the book.

Can I use copyrighted material for personal use?

However, under the doctrine of “fair use,” individuals may be permitted to make backup copies or archival copies of some materials as long as certain conditions are met. Creating a copy of a copyrighted work for your own ease of use is likely to be considered copyright infringement.

Can you photocopy library books?

Library Photocopying. The library may make only one copy of such works per patron. Copying a complete work from the library collection is prohibited unless the work is not available at a “fair price.” This is generally the case when the work is out of print and used copies are not available at a reasonable price.