The Ayckbourn Archive: Copyright FAQs

This page Frequently Asked Questions regarding copyright and how it applies to the Ayckbourn Archive - and this website generally. If you have any other questions, please contact the Archivist via the Contact / Enquiries Page.

Am I able to reproduce written material from this website?
Only with permission of the relevant copyright holders. In many cases, this is Haydonning Ltd - the company which holds the copyright for works on this site by Alan Ayckbourn. If you would like to reproduce material by Alan Ayckbourn or which is copyright of Haydonning Ltd, you must seek permission first by contacting Simon Murgatroyd. Please note, action will be taken against copyright infringement particularly if it is related to a commercial venture (such as the programme / playbill for a production).
Any other material - including images - is the copyright of the respective creator / author / organisation and permission to reproduce must be sought from these relevant bodies.


Can I reproduce photographs from this website?
No. All images are copyrighted to the respective organisations or individuals (generally named within the image). As a result, they should not be reprinted or stored in any format without express permission from the organisation or individual which holds the copyright. Please note, photographers and photo agencies can and do scour the website looking for unauthorised reproductions of their photos and can take legal action against offenders. This website will also notify the relevant copyright holders if it discovers copyright has been broken

Who should I contact regarding reproducing images from the site?
Any enquiries regarding photograph reproduction should be directed to this website via the Contact / Enquiries page.

Surely anything on the internet is in the public domain and can be reproduced regardless?
The internet is not public domain, it is a publishing medium to which copyright laws apply. Copyright applies to all material published on the internet - be it photographs, articles or any other creative endeavour - and is subject to the same laws. It is a common - and dangerous - fallacy that the internet is public domain and one that will not hold up if legal action is taken by copyright holders.

What is the procedure for reproducing material from the Archive?
Please submit your enquiry to the Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, via the Contact / Enquiries page. If permission is granted to reproduce the requested material, the Archivist will email a confirmation with details regarding the material and how it may be reproduced. If you agree to these, then a license for usage will be issued and a jpg image of the material sent. This licensed image must be utilised rather than cutting and pasting material from this website, which will break the terms of the license and usage. The copyright holder reserves the right to terminate the license and withdraw reproduction rights at any time.

Why aren't the images on the Ayckbourn Archive available to view at a larger size or resolution?
The Ayckbourn Archive hopes to balance the opportunity to view items held in archive alongside the rights of the copyright holders of the material. As a result, the items are generally confined to an image size which will not encourage reproduction without seeking permission for better resolution images. The majority of images within the Ayckbourn Archive are reproduced at 72dpi with a maximum height / width of approximately 600dpi; high resolution images of the majority of items featured in the Ayckbourn Archive are held by the Archivist.

The copyright holder is frequently referred to as Haydonning Ltd, what is this?
Haydonning Ltd is a private company which holds the copyright on material by Alan Ayckbourn and his archivist Simon Murgatroyd. It is regarded as the copyright holder for the vast majority of material on Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website. To enquire about reproducing anything credited to Haydonning Ltd, please contact us via the Contact / Enquires page.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.