Common Copyright Mistakes

Firstly, all books written in the UK are automatically copyright. So, anything published with us in the UK is copyright to the author. In fact, if you live in the UK, it’s safe from the moment you put pen to paper. Things that cannot be included is not often spoken about. So, here’s a few commonly submitted copyrighted things to keep in mind:




Most pictures on google will be copyrighted in some way. The same goes for pretty much all photos. In other words, who ever has taken the photo owns the photo. If you wish to use it, you’ll have to contact the photographer or website and get permission. This also goes for any image or artwork. Even statues. Always contact for permission just in case.



Locations and Symbols

Some places such as the inside of the house of parliament, company logos and crests such as the British Monarchy are not to be used for commercial use. Bank notes have some rules and guidelines too, more detail about that is here!



Other Books, Lyrics and Poems

Just as your original work is, all other published work cannot be used or quoted without permission.



Online Websites and Blogs

The same goes for places like Wikipedia. You’d be surprised how many manuscripts we’ve received that are just a collection of Wikipedia articles and copyrighted pictures with their name as the author. Just one big book of copyright mess. It’s common sense really, but we still find copyright material on manuscripts every day.



There’s lots more specific information on the website.

So, before including the above… in fact, before even submitting to us, double check if you have any copyrighted material in your book. Even quotes can be copyrighted.

There’s a law that states most work over 100 years old are safe to use. However, copyright can be renewed, so always check. There also can be loopholes under fair usage, but again, check check, check and double check.


In case we didn’t mention it enough, the general rule is: check everything.

14 May 2019