The UK Copyright Officers survey

Interested in knowing more about copyright support in other institutions?

Philippa Hatch, Chris Morrison and Jane Secker are carrying out research into copyright officers or similar specialists in UK libraries and educational / cultural institutions. We want to find out more about the value and status of these positions, the responsibilities that they entail and the ways in which copyright education is delivered. The survey follows on from the UK Copyright Literacy Survey carried out in 2014 (reported in Morrison & Secker, 2015). It also will provide some comparative data to a recent survey of copyright specialists undertaken in Canada by Patterson, (2017). The findings should be of interest to organisations wishing to benchmark the copyright training and advice services they currently offer.

Who should complete the survey?

We would be grateful if organisations could nominate one representative to complete the survey. Even if you don’t have a copyright officer, the survey asks questions to determine how copyright is managed in the absence of a designated post (the previous survey found 64% of respondents had a designated individual with responsibility for copyright matters). We ask you to provide the name of your organisation and contact details at the end of the survey to help ensure we don’t get multiple responses from the same institutions. This data will not be shared.

The survey is available here and will be open until Monday 3rd April.

The data and findings

The findings will be anonymised and a summary will be published on the Copyright Literacy website, with a view to further dissemination in academic literature and conference presentations. The data will be archived at the UK Data Archive in order to make it available to other researchers in line with current data sharing practices.

If you have any questions about this survey please contact:


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