The Legal Deposit Libraries operate a Notice and Takedown policy for specific circumstances in which public access should be withdrawn or deposited material should be removed. Valid reasons for withdrawing or removing material include, but are not limited to:
- Agreements for embargoing access
- Court injunctions
- Legal requirements
- Proven violations of copyright or database right, not covered by legal deposit legislation or a limitation or exception in UK copyright law
- Material that has been found to be libellous or defamatory
- Breaches of confidentiality
If you have found legal deposit material that you believe should not be available to users, please notify us by complaining in writing, marked ‘URGENT’. Your complaint can either be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to:
Notice and Takedown
Licensing, Building 6A Floor 1
The British Library
and should include the following information:
- Your contact details.
- Sufficient information, including exact catalogue reference and full URL, for us to identify the relevant item(s).
- The nature of your complaint, and reason for notifying us.
- If your complaint concerns intellectual property rights, confirmation that you are the rights holder, or an authorised representative of the rights holder.
- If your complaint concerns libel, defamation, confidentiality or personal data, confirmation that you are either the publisher or the subject of the material in question, or their authorised representative.
On receipt of a complaint:
- We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint by email or letter.
- We will make an initial assessment of the complaint on its merits and, pending our inquiries, may remove or disable access to the relevant material.