What is copyright?

Copyright is the legal entitlement of a creator of an original work to own and control distribution of that work. Copyright lasts for the life of the creator plus 70 years, after which time it will enter the public domain.

All the material in Usborne books and on this website is the copyright of Usborne Publishing Ltd or of the author. Permission must be sought to reproduce material created or published by Usborne Publishing. For more information on copyright, please refer to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998.

There are circumstances under which copyright permission is not necessary. For example, the following uses do not infringe copyright:

  • research and private study
  • instruction or examination
  • criticism, review and news reporting
  • for visually impaired individuals

You may also share images or an audio recording of no more than 25% of a book (or the first chapter for fiction novels) online without requesting permission. Please note, during the COVID19 pandemic, you may request permission to share longer recordings, see the FAQ article on sharing audio recordings of Usborne books online.

This is not an exhaustive list, and for full information on permission exceptions, please see the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998.

To request permission to use Usborne copyright material, please use our Permissions form.

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