The Churchill Copyright

by Richard Langworth on 6 March 2009

To answer fre­quently asked ques­tions, here are the rules gov­ern­ing copy­right to the books, arti­cles, speeches and papers of Win­ston S. Churchill:

1. Non-Commercial Use

The copy­right in Sir Win­ston Churchill’s papers, lit­er­ary works and those papers of which he was the author, did not form part of the 1995 pur­chase by the British Gov­ern­ment, but remains (under the terms of Sir Winston’s will) the prop­erty of his grand­son and name­sake, except where it has been sep­a­rately assigned. No charge is made in the case of repro­duc­tion for aca­d­e­mic research. Cer­tain edu­ca­tional or non-profit orga­ni­za­tions such as The Churchill Cen­tre are granted the right to repro­duce (with acknowl­edge­ment) copy­right mate­r­ial with­out charge.

2. Com­mer­cial Use

In the usual way, any use of copy­right mate­r­ial for com­mer­cial pub­li­ca­tion requires a license issued by Cur­tis Brown Ltd, the UK lit­er­ary agents, who han­dle the copy­right of the Estate of Sir Win­ston Churchill. The fee will vary depend­ing on the scale and impor­tance of the pub­li­ca­tion involved, and the charge for edu­ca­tional use is sub­stan­tially reduced.  Enquiries regard­ing com­mer­cial use of the Churchill copy­right should be addressed to the Estate’s lit­er­ary agent, Alice Lutyens, who may be con­tacted at: Cur­tis Brown Ltd., Hay­mar­ket House, 28/29  Hay­mar­ket, Lon­don SW1Y 4SP, Eng­land.  Email: Churchill@curtisbrown.co.uk.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for a license to be issued.

My com­ments on the acqui­si­tion of the Churchill Papers (“The Largest Sin­gle Pri­vate Repos­i­tory of Recent British His­tory”) in Finest Hour #87, Sum­mer 1995, are not posted. For a copy of the arti­cle please con­tact me.

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