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Copyright is a property right that gives the creators of certain kinds of material rights to control the ways in which such material can be used. These rights are established as soon as the material has been created, with no need for official registration.
Copyright applies globally and is regulated by a number of international treaties and conventions (including the Berne Convention, the Universal Copyright Convention, the Rome Convention and the Geneva Convention).
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Syndication means supplying content to clients for republication in their own newspapers, magazines or books. We are happy to discuss any individual query that you might have about re-using our copyrighted material.
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A licensing agreement is in essence a legal permission granted by the rights owner allowing a third party to exploit the intellectual property rights on certain contractual terms. The Economist Group licenses its publications The World In… and Intelligent Life in their entirety to publishers around the world.
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Can I reproduce an article I have translated into another language?
You will need to seek permission to translate and republish the article as you would do if you were planning to reproduce an article in English. We will grant you permission to republish our material in your chosen language but you will have to ensure that the translation of all material from The Economist will be carried out to the highest possible standards and that such translation shall not change the content, meaning, spirit or tone of the original material in English nor any opinion directly or indirectly contained therein. The translator shall be liable for any mistake or inaccuracy in the translation.
Can I reproduce the "Letters to the Editor"?
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I am a student and would like to quote a section from an article in my thesis. Is this allowed?
We are usually happy for students to quote text from The Economist for their educational coursework free of charge. Acknowledgement should be given as: "© The Economist Newspaper Ltd, London (issue date)". Permission should be sought if the work is to be published.
I want to reproduce a cartoon from a recent issue.
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I need to trace an article from last year.
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