Zeughauskino Berlin

Elizabeth Gibson

In Great Britain and the USA operate some of the world's largest commercial image and film archives, which also determine the increasingly differentiated licensing policies in non-commercial fields. How does a publicly financed broadcasting organisation, with its extensive archive, fit into the commercial archival landscape?

BBC Intellectual Property Lawyer Elizabeth Gibson reports on the BBC's interaction with its archive as well as with the use of quoting rights, complications in personality rights and the exceptions (for quoting and parody) within the British copyright system, which are being disputed by the commercial archive industry.