We want the UK Government to reduce the term of copyright protection in unpublished texts to the author’s lifetime plus 70 years.
Why it's important
At the moment the duration of copyright in certain unpublished works is to the end of 2039, regardless of how old the work is.
No other country in Europe has such restrictive provisions. European institutions are able to use such important historical material freely and lawfully, but in the UK we cannot.
As part of the First World War Centenary many organisations want to make unpublished works such as diaries and letters accessible to the public. Because they are still under copyright protection they cannot do so without permission from the rights holder.