Copyright overview

This page is part of the terms and conditions for using UK education collection and should be read in conjunction with the information on the Legal page.

With the exception of downloadable Items, the information on these web pages including guidance and training on this Website is published under Creative Commons and copyright © 2011 to 2016 RNIB.


All Items are made available under one of three permission systems:

  • The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014, which amended The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and repealed The Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002.
  • Publisher permission
  • Materials with no copyright protection

No property, copyright, or publication rights of any materials and resources shall pass to you on your use of this Website.

Each Item will be attributed copyright permissions to be observed which may restrict the types of print a disability user can access, the materials and the geographical region within which it can be used.

For detailed information on the use of materials produced under different copyright permissions please read our Usage and storage of downloaded Items page.

Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014

The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 June 2014. These Regulations amended The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and repealed the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002. As a result, accessible copies of copyright-protected works may be produced and distributed by organisations such as RNIB (or educational organisations) for the personal use of disabled people. Accessible copies include any version of a work which has been altered to enable fuller enjoyment of the work by a disabled person.

The Regulations permit the use of UK education collection by eligible users (see the Print-disability information) in order to download Items and also upload Items for sharing with other UK education collection users.

Publisher permission

Publishers can upload their Items onto UK education collection granting permission for them to be shared with users with print-disabilities within specific regions for distribution. 

Further information can be found on our Publisher information page.

No copyright protection

Copyright protection lasts for a fixed period of time. Once the protection has expired the relevant work is in the public domain and may be copied and distributed freely. In the event that any Items are in the public domain, users may upload and download such Items at will.

Prevention of copyright abuse

All resources contain embedded information which is traceable to an individual user account.

Any Items that are found to be shared or distributed in any way; including by email or on the internet will be actively traced back to the user who originally downloaded the Item. We may share details with the owner of the copyright and an appropriate legal response may be initiated.

Breach of copyright and permissions

Anyone found to be misusing or distributing resources from this Website will risk facing legal action from, but not restricted to, UK education collection and the owner of the copyrighted work.

As such, the copyright owner is entitled to take legal action should illegitimate copies of their work be distributed by yourself or any third party, or should you be found otherwise in breach of the copyright owner's rights.

Information for publishers

All the material available on this Website has been created for users with print disabilities in the absence of suitable commercial editions being available. Please contact us if you believe an accessible commercial edition of content hosted on this Website is available and we will take steps to review and remove content from the Website where appropriate.