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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 271 No 7273 p627
1 November 2003


Society summary


New copyright law forces change to library's photocopy service

Changes have been introduced to the photocopy supply service of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's library as of 31 October because of new national legislation on copyright. The changes relate only to photocopies of copyright material made for commercial purposes and have no effect on photocopies made for private use by individuals.

The changes have been made because the legislation removes copying for any commercial purpose from the previous privilege that permitted all libraries to supply copies from copyrighted material for private research and study in a prescribed way. Commercial requests must now carry an additional copyright fee element, when they become known as “copyright cleared” copies. The library must levy this additional fee where appropriate and pass it on to the Copyright Licensing Agency.

The new requirement applies to all requests for commercial purposes from members or non-members, including self-service photocopying done within the library and the supply of photocopies by post or by fax. Where the photocopies are to be used for private research and study, the provisions for dealing with copying requests remain unchanged.

The new copyright fee applies solely to original items held by the library. The change in the legislation has affected past agreements between libraries on document supply between themselves. This means that the Society’s library can no longer obtain copyright cleared items as photocopies on behalf of members or others where they are for a commercial purpose.

The change does not affect the library’s ability to borrow books, reports or whole journal issues on behalf of members from sources such as the British Library.

Further information on the changes to the photocopying service can be obtained from the library (tel 020 7572 2300; e-mail library@rpsgb.org.uk).

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