Terms of use

The mission of the European Copyright Office is to make its resources available and useful to the people worldwide.

Through its Websites, the European Copyright Office offers broad public access to a wide range of information, including historical materials that may contain negative stereotypes or offensive language. The European Copyright Office does not endorse the views expressed in such materials.

General Disclaimer

The European Copyright Office makes every effort to ensure, but cannot and does not guarantee, and makes no warranties as to, the accuracy, accessibility, integrity and timeliness of this information, or its application under specific national laws. European Copyright Office assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this site and further disclaims any liability of any nature for any loss howsoever caused in connection with using this website. We may make changes to these materials at any time without notice.

The European Copyright Office Websites have links to other resources when there is a business reason to do so.

These links are being provided for informational purposes only. They do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the European Copyright Office of any of the policies, products, services or opinions of the individual or organization. The European Copyright Office bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site regarding its content.

We encourage and appreciate links in your own Web pages to European Copyright Office web site. Permission is expressly granted to any person who wishes to place a link in his or her own Web page to our home page in its entirety. As a courtesy, if you link to, or include European Copyright Office in an index, please let us know.

The collection and retention of personal information by European Copyright Office through its websites is subject to the terms of the Privacy Policy currently in force.

Information on this site is intended as resource about copyright and intellectual property rights only, it should not be regarded as legal advice or opinion.

Nothing in or relating to this disclaimer or the European Copyright Office website shall be deemed a waiver of any of the privileges and immunities of European Copyright Office.

About Copyright and the Collections found in our records

Copyright © EU Copyright Office.

Reproduction is authorised, provided that the use of such information is accompanied by an acknowledgment that European Copyright Office is the source. Where prior permission must be obtained for the reproduction or use of textual and multimedia information (sound, characters, images, trademarks, logos, software, etc.), such permission shall cancel the above-mentioned general permission and shall clearly indicate any restrictions on use.

Whenever possible, the European Copyright Office provides factual information about copyright owners and related matters in the catalog records. The European Copyright Office generally does not own rights in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material. Permission and possible fees may be required from the copyright owner independently. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our records. Reproduction or transmission of protected items may requires the written permission of the copyright owner.

The European Copyright Office wants to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified on its Web sites so that we may make the necessary corrections.

"EU Copyright" is a trademark of the European Copyright Office. "Google" is a trademark of Google, Inc. Other publishers, titles or services may be registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Payment, refund and cancellation policy

For online registrations, payment is taken at the time of registration. For postal registrations, payment should be included with the application. Invoices/receipts will be sent once application processing is fully complete.

Refund claims will be considered on an individual basis, but clients should be advised that as the main chargeable service is provided at the time of processing, there is normally no obligation to issue refunds. Any claim must be made within 30 days of the date of registration. To protect against fraudulent transactions, refunds for card payments can only be made to the card the original payment was taken from.

If the client chooses to cancel the contract and terminate the registration early, items deposited cannot normally be returned, and payment will not be refunded for early termination.

Privacy statement

The purpose of this privacy statement is to provide you, The User, with details of how European Copyright Office will collect, store and use the personal data you supply to it. Personal data is information which relates to identifiable living individuals. This Privacy Policy is expressly incorporated into the Terms and Conditions of Use of this web site. It is the stated policy of European Copyright Office that it will act in accordance with current legislation and aims to meet current best practice with regard to the processing of personal data.


We use cookies to track users as they travel through the site - for instance, we might use cookies to count the total number of unique users who are accessing the site over a particular period of time, or to understand how many pages of the site users view, or to understand what software is used to browse our site.

This information is only used to make our systems more efficient and our website more useful. It helps us when we update and redesign our website.

If you are concerned about cookies, you can turn them off in your browser.

Collection of Personal Data

In using this site, you may provide certain personal data to European Copyright Office. In agreeing to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of the web site, you agree that European Copyright Office can compile and process this personal data in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Use of Personal Data

European Copyright Office shall only use your data for the purposes for which it is provided or for purposes to which you have consented. We comply with the 8 principles of the Data Protection Act. These are that any data gathered is:

  • fairly and lawfully processed
  • processed for limited purposes
  • adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • accurate
  • not kept longer than necessary
  • processed in accordance with the data subject's rights
  • secure
  • not transferred to countries without adequate protection

Storage and Correction of Personal Data

European Copyright Office will retain the personal data it holds unless and until you send European Copyright Office notice that you no longer wish it to retain this data. European Copyright Office is obliged to supply you, on request, with a copy of the personal data it holds about you, provided that you pay a small fee. If you wish to exercise this right, please contact us. Should you discover any inaccuracies in such personal information, please notify European Copyright Office as soon as possible.

Financial information

In order to serve you most efficiently, credit card transactions are handled by reputable third party banking institutions. They receive the information needed to verify and authorise your credit card and to process your order. They are under strict obligation to keep your personal information private.

Questions and Complaints

If you have any questions, complaints, or comments regarding our privacy statement or policies, please contact us visiting the contact page. Please note, however, that this Privacy Policy does not applies to Web sites operated by our international affiliates, partners or other companies or organizations to which we link. When you link to any other sites from the European Copyright Office site, this policy no longer applies. In addition, this Privacy Policy applies only to the information that the European Copyright Office collects online, not offline.