This is not a guide to copyright - only the most important elements are described.
As a general rule, it can be said that a work is protected by copyright for 70 years after the death of its creator(s). According to Danish copyright law, a creator of a work need not do anything actively to secure copyright - it is achieved automatically. The only requirement is that the work itself must be original and - to a certain extend - have achieved the status of being 'a work'.
For more detailed information, also see:
According to the Act of Copyright, section 12, a limited amount of copying is allowed for private use. Here are some examples:
- copy an article for you and your closest family to use or to give to a close friend or colleague.
- make 30 copies of a song to use at your daughter's confirmation dinner.
You may not
- copy a CD or a film that you have borrowed or rented.
- break copy protection - not even on material you have legally purchased yourself.
- earn money distributing such copies.
It is never permitted to copy illegally copied material.
Please note that it is your responsibility to know if you violate copyright rules. Ignorance of copyright rules does not relieve you of your responsibility.
Especially when it comes to commercial use of other people's work, it is very important to examine wether or not it is protected by copyright. Here you should also note that a single work can have multiple creators; e.g. a book can have been written by one person and the illustrations can be done by another person (e.g. a photographer). All original creators must have been dead for 70 years before a work can be used freely.
The Act of Copyright, section 12 in its entirety:
The Royal Library's large collection is increasingly being made freely available on the internet. If you need a specific image or similar from the library's collection that has not already been made public, you can buy a digitised copy. Images are available in different resolutions depending on your need (online or printed publication etc.).
More information about the use of copies from The Royal Library can be found here: http://www.kb.dk/en/kb/copyright/index.html