Clare Painter

Clare Painter is a publishing consultant specialising in practical copyright compliance and digital licensing.

Together with her team at Clare Painter Associates Ltd, she helps organisations to manage copyright and third party licences, especially where licences need to be both effective and practical. Often this means running a copyright audit to check compliance and streamline licensing processes.

Clare acts as copyright and permissions consultant at Oxford University Press Journals, and associate at award-winning licensing agency Attwooll Associates. Consultancy/training includes The Case Centre (ECCH), Emerald, IMD, Publishing Technology Beijing, Publishing Training Centre, Taylor & Francis, UNESCO. Clare publishes free copyright and licensing tips at and you can reach her at

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Jinfo Subscription Fair principles for copyright use - fair dealing (UK) and fair use (US)
Wednesday, 4th March 2020

When quoting from other people's copyright material, permission isn't always needed. You can often rely on copyright exceptions which allow you to use short extracts, and in this article we look at some of the situations where you can do this, specifically in relation to text-based "literary" works which are protected by copyright.

Jinfo Subscription Reusing your organisation's own copyright material
Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Most people are well aware that copyright issues can arise from using content belonging to other organisations - but what are the implications when reusing material that your organisation has already used?

Jinfo Subscription How risky is it to reuse someone else's copyrighted material?
Monday, 2nd September 2019

With the global reach of the internet, using and sharing content online is something we all do at some point but it's important to make sure you're not infringing someone else's copyrighted material. In her latest article, Clare Painter, Jinfo's copyright expert, highlights the risks involved in reusing someone else's work and how you can minimise them.

Jinfo Subscription Sharing copyright in partnerships
Tuesday, 11th June 2019

Copyright ownership generally follows the creator of the material and there is no need to register it as it takes effect as soon as the work is created. But what happens when external partners are involved in the creation of a project? This article explores some of the issues involved including ownership of the content, working with partners and what opportunities there are to repurpose your content.

Jinfo Subscription Coping with international copyright
Tuesday, 9th April 2019

With the advance of the internet and its global reach, using and sharing content worldwide has never been easier. However, copyright laws differ from one country to another and whilst it would be impossible to familiarise yourself with them all, this article looks at some of the key differences between the UK, US and major European regimes to help you reduce any risk of infringing the law. It looks specifically at the differences between common and civil law, fair use and fair dealing, moral rights, registration and copyright exceptions.

Jinfo Subscription Relying on copyright or other intellectual property rights
Friday, 28th December 2018

Copyright is an important tool for protecting intellectual property rights but there are other ways you can protect your material more effectively and this article looks at some of these including design rights and trademarks. It also outlines what works can be protected, whether to include a copyright notice and whether to register your copyright.

Jinfo Subscription Audio rights within your organisation
Friday, 19th October 2018

In recent years there has been a surge of interest in audio rights and this presents untapped opportunities for organisations. In her latest article, copyright expert Clare Painter takes a look at some of the different ways audio might be produced and used in an organisation, along with the different copyright elements involved, including licensing and distribution issues.

Jinfo Subscription Who owns the copyright material you find online?
Friday, 6th July 2018

In her latest article, Clare Painter, Jinfo's copyright expert, talks about the implications of using "free" online material and how you can identify whether it is protected by copyright. She covers not only textual material and quotations but images, video and TV clips as well as social media and blogs. She also offers some practical steps you can follow to ensure you're not breaching copyright.

Jinfo Subscription Complexities of copyright when moving from print to digital
Thursday, 29th March 2018

If you own the copyright to the material, it can also be digitised and shared with colleagues or the wider world on social media but knowing when you can use archived copyright material can be complicated. In this article, we offer some starting points to consider if you want to digitise and distribute older archive material whilst remaining copyright compliant.

Jinfo Subscription Copyright considerations when reusing content
Friday, 5th January 2018

When planning to use someone else's content, it's important to know whether it's protected by copyright. This article looks at the different types of content that may be used and when copyright might apply. It covers open access material and the various Creative Commons licences that are available and what to do when multiple layers of copyright apply.

Jinfo Subscription Translation rights and licensing of online content
Friday, 13th October 2017

The more visible your specialist online content becomes, the greater the chance of seeing more permission requests for reuse. Most of the time the material will be used in its original language but sometimes people may want to translate your material and make it available for their local market. This raises awareness of your brand and reputation but you also need to consider the legal implications of this and in this article copyright expert Clare Painter highlights some of the issues involved and offers tips on how to negotiate a licence in this area.

Jinfo Subscription Negotiating copyright fees
Monday, 17th July 2017

With digital technology, it's easier than ever to reuse content but it's important to get permission when doing so. In this article, copyright expert Clare Painter explains how to factor in the cost of copyright licences when planning a new project and how to structure questions for the rights holder, to ensure these costs are kept under control.

Jinfo Subscription Handling permission requests for your copyright material
Monday, 10th April 2017

Copyright expert Clare Painter explains how to handle requests to use your copyright material and highlights pitfalls that could arise from incorrect specification of licences or poor recordkeeping.

Jinfo Subscription How does copyright apply to tables, charts and other figures?
Monday, 16th January 2017

You've seen a photograph, chart, map or diagram and would like to make some small or significant alterations or even to redraw it to use it in your own publications. Where do you stand from a copyright perspective? Expert Clare Painter explains the legal stance.

Jinfo Subscription Linking to copyright content
Thursday, 13th October 2016

You may think if you link to someone else's content rather than copy it that you're doing all you should as regards copyright, but that's not the case, as expert Clare Painter explains.

Jinfo Subscription Researching images and other copyright material online
Tuesday, 5th July 2016

It's tempting to dive into using illustrations, photographs, figures and charts found online but will you be copyright compliant? Expert Clare Painter outlines the steps needed to ensure you're staying the right side of copyright law.

Jinfo Subscription Is Your Copyright Content Sufficiently Protected?
Friday, 18th March 2016

Keeping track of who owns content copyright and whether someone is breaching that copyright is increasingly tricky in an era where new content is created and uploaded online in the blink of an eye. Copyright expert Clare Painter provides practical guidance to make sure you have the right policies in place - and explains what to do if things go wrong.

Jinfo Subscription Re-Using Content which Carries a Creative Commons Licence
Monday, 7th December 2015

Copyright compliance expert Clare Painter provides guidance on the various types of Creative Commons (CC) licences and the points to consider when choosing to use material under the various licences, from the best-known CC BY licence to some of the most restrictive such as the Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives CC BY-NC-ND where commercial use and adaptations are prohibited.

Jinfo Subscription How Much Will it Cost to Use Someone Else's Copyright Content?
Wednesday, 16th September 2015

Whether or not we have permission to use someone else's content - and how to get that permission is a question many of us are struggling with. Copyright expert Clare Painter provides some pointers on rights and licensing.

Jinfo Blog Copyright Risk - Why It Matters and What To Look Out For
Wednesday, 24th December 2014

Clare Painter describes why it is important to address copyright issues and manage the risks that can come from redistributing content within your organisation or online across the world. She outlines key factors you need to take into account when sourcing and selecting copyright material, and looks at how you can use high-quality content whilst reducing copyright risk.

Jinfo Subscription Copyright and Issues of Redistribution in an Increasingly Connected World
Monday, 22nd December 2014

What can you legally redistribute, and what does copyright law say about new technology and user-generated content? Does it make a difference whether I share content with my colleagues on the intranet, or make it public on the website? This article describes some of the copyright issues that can arise when organisations produce, share, copy and link to content from a variety of sources. Clare Painter outlines what you need to consider when selecting content and redistributing both internally with your colleagues, and externally with clients and on your website.

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