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The Churchill Copyright

To answer frequently asked questions on copyright, here are the general guidelines governing copyright to Sir Winston Churchill’s works, images and audio recordings found on or linked to this website.

1. Non-Commercial Use

The copyright in Sir Winston Churchill’s papers, literary works, audio recordings and those papers of which he was the author, did not form part of the purchase by the British Government, and remain (under the terms of Sir Winston’s will) the property of the heirs to his Literary Estate, except where it has been separately assigned. No charge is made in the case of reproduction for private academic research, not for publication. Certain charitable or non-profit organisations such as the International Churchill Society may be 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 Group Ltd, the literary agents who represent the Estate of Sir Winston Churchill and handle all copyright permissions.

By far the simplest method is to visit their permission request site here and use their online permissions portal to submit your request.

For a guide on ‘Fair Use’ in the United States and ‘Fair Dealing’ in the United Kingdom, see this page.

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