The Churchill Copyright

The Churchill Copyright

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 fam­i­ly, 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 Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project 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: Cur­tis Brown Ltd., Hay­mar­ket House, 28/29  Hay­mar­ket, Lon­don SW1Y 4SP, Eng­land.  Or vis­it to their web­site, fill in the form and send it to the ‘Churchill Per­mis­sions’ email address indi­cat­ed there and above. It takes 4-6 weeks to process requests.

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

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