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:  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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