St Finnian vs St Columba, 6th century Ireland; the first known copyright case
St Finnian vs St Columba, 6th century Ireland; the first known copyright case


All of the publications of the Heraldry Society are governed by the law as regards copyright. Any enquiries about copyright or the reproduction or copying of text or images published by the Society should be addressed in the first instance to the Librarian.

Individual subscribers

  • Subscribers may make paper or digital copies for their own personal use, provided that those copies do not exceed 5% of the published edition or a single paper or chapter, whichever is the greater. Those copies may not be copied, published, scanned, faxed, digitised or otherwise distributed.

Institutional subscribers

Photocopying, Scanning and Digital Re-use under The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd (CLA) Education Licence:

  • The Heraldry Society holds a licence with CLA that, subject to terms and conditions, permits the copying and re-use of extracts of text and still images. This licence relates to the two serial publications of the Society, The Coat of Arms and The Heraldry Gazette.

How much can be copied?

Up to the following may be copied under the Licence:

  • One whole chapter from a book
  • One whole article from a magazine or journal issue
  • One short story, poem or play (not exceeding 10 pages in length) from an anthology
  • One whole paper from a set of conference proceedings
  • One whole report of a single case from a volume of judicial proceedings or 5% of any of the above, whichever is the greater
  • Where a digital publication is not organized in a similar way to conventional printed items, you are advised to exercise your best judgement to copy reasonable extracts.

Who can make copies?

  • Photocopies may be made by any member of staff of the institution that subscribes, and any students under the direction of such staff.
  • Digital Copies (whether made by scanning from print or copying from digital publications) may be made by staff of the subscribing institution who have authorized access to the establishment’s Secure Network, and students under the direction of such staff; such students must also have authorized access to the Secure Network.
  • Copies may be distributed to registered students and members of staff, and stored on a secure course-specific Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for one academic year.

For further details, please refer to the CLA website: