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Hawick Missal Fragment c1200 (Scottish Borders Archives)

Copyright Duration Workshops

Scottish Council on Archives collaborated with CREATe to deliver a series of capacity-building workshops for the Scottish archive sector (June 2014 – June 2016).

These latest events focused on the way in which the duration of copyright protection impacts the work of the archivist: a notoriously complicated area of the law. In addition to providing attendees with an introduction to the different terms of protection that can affect material in archive collections, the workshop included group exercises based on real collections to demonstrate the impact and application of the legislation. We will also explore the related concepts of authorship and ownership in detail.


Please click here to download the resources used on the day.


Victoria Stobo joined CREATe, School of Law, as a Research Assistant working on the Copyright & Risk: Scoping the Wellcome Digital Library project, before starting the linked PhD study, Archives, Digitisation and Copyright, in September 2013. She is a qualified archivist and teaches Law and Cultural Institutions on the MSc in Information Management and Preservation in HATII at the University of Glasgow. She was recently appointed Copyright Policy Adviser to the Scottish Council on Archives and represents SCA at meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Find our more at:

CREATe is the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, a national research hub jointly funded by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities), EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences) and ESRC (Economic & Social Sciences). CREATe is a pioneering interdisciplinary initiative, and globally the first effort to investigate the relationship between Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology (=CREATe) through the lens of copyright law. For further details, visit: