UK Copyright Position
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 allows copyright information to be reused without the user obtaining formal consent from the copyright holder for:
- Research for non-commercial purposes;
- Private study;
If the applicant wants to reuse the information for other purposes, for example commercial purposes, she/he needs permission from the copyright holder and should be advised to contact the holder direct.
In terms of copying images to your computer, for your own reference or study only, the Act allows this for those within the UK. Other areas of the world may have different rules.
What the UK legislation doesn't allow, is for you to then share those images on, for example, the board or another website, or use them for any commercial purpose, unless you have the consent of the copyright holder.
Although we may discuss items on the board for own own interest, the fact that we are a public forum means that any information is available for people to use commercially: in eBay listings, their online shops or at glass fairs.Summing up:
What we do here on the board is public and can be used commercially, hence the legislation exemption doesn't cover what we do.
If you save an image to your own computer for your own reference and study you are covered by the legislation exemption.Note:
Although images will be covered by the Act, and the description provided with them is copyright in its format and presentation, facts themselves are not subject to copyright. This means that you may not re-use an image and its description or part of it, but you can extract from the description the facts, e.g. maker's name & location, model no or pattern name, production date, and designer's name.