Copyright and Legality

Working with digital project, assets and copyright is always a concern when dealing with client based projects. When dealing with assets like images, data and information it’s necessary to be aware of the copyright obligation attached to these paying special detail to if they are available for redistribution personally or commercially.
Copyright laws & legislation were introduced in 1988 as a way to protect individuals intellectual property from being stolen, reused or reworked. Copyright can protect works such as:
  • Literary works
  • Musical works
  • Dramatic works
  • Pictorial or graphic
  • Motion pictures or audiovisual works
  • Architectural works
  • Computer software

Different levels of copyright can be handed to any given work by the producer. These depend of the type of work and how widely available they would like their work to be used, viewed or distributed. Below is 3 copyright laws we have had to consider when working in this project specifically on image and literature we were trying to obtain from outside sources.

Attribution-NoDerivs – This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

This relates to the large scale image we obtained from the cathedral that they had sourced from a specialist photographer. His licence to us was Attribution-NoDerivs as discussed above we was allowed to use his image within the application however, we have had to ensure that we properly acknowledge him within the documentation of the application itself.


Attribution – This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

The cathedrals historical team have written some information for some clauses details and additional information for the application. This information is based on a standard copyright licence as it’s going to part of their app however, still has a licences as they have provided it for us to then work with.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs – This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

This licence applies to our own work, the code and assets we have produced ourselves for the client will all have this licence applied to them when handed over to the cathedral.

During this project we had an issue with copyright licence as the producer of the works was unable to let us re-distribute his work. He felt that it was being used for a commercial venture and therefore decided to deny licence of the the information. It was good that we had asked him to use the information and not just cited him expecting licence to agreed otherwise it could have repercussions on our client, then upon us and the project.

We feel that throughout this project we have managed acquiring information very well considering that it had to be obtain from outside sources contacting them getting the required licences where necessary., 2015. The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance. [online] Available from: [Accessed 15 May 2015].

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