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Tate's Copyright Policy

Tate is committed to respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We have therefore taken all reasonable efforts to ensure that the reproduction of all content on these pages (including but not restricted to images, text and audio), is done with the full consent of copyright owners.

Any queries in this respect should be addressed to:

The Copyright Officer
Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG

The contents of this website can be viewed for your enjoyment and so you may freely access and download the contents on a temporary basis for the sole purposes of viewing, interacting or listening to them.

However, the following acts are prohibited in respect of any of the content featured on this website:


Reproducing content from the Tate website

Please note that copyright in all content comprising or contained within this website remains with Tate and other copyright owners as specified. In terms of artistic works, if the artist is alive, or has been dead for less than 70 years, there will be a separate copyright in the work itself that is additional to the copyright in the photographic reproduction.

If you wish to reproduce any images of works featured in this website, you should first contact the Tate Picture Library, who can supply you with a colour transparency or black and white print and grant the appropriate reproduction rights. Where necessary, you will then be required to clear the copyright in the art work with the appropriate rights holder. The duration of copyright in other types of content featured on this website may vary and if you wish to reproduce any of it (such as text, audio-visual, graphics etc), please contact Tate at content.licenses@tate.org.uk who will be able to advise accordingly.

It is your responsibility to obtain permission from copyright holders or their agents before a reproduction of works or any other content is made, or this will constitute an infringement of copyright.


Images on the Tate website

Tate is actively working to develop new agreements with copyright holders to ensure that as many works as possible are reproduced in our Collection pages.

We are pleased to announce that due to recent copyright agreements with DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society) and The Bridgeman Art Library a substantial number works by these artists now appear on our web pages.

Tate is committed to reproduce as many of the works in its Collections as possible and so is continuing to work with other rights holders towards agreements for the artists that they represent.

Permission to reproduce any of the images by artists represented by DACS, The Bridgeman Art Library and other rights holders must be obtained from them before any copies are made. DACS is also able to provide contacts for rights clearance in territories other than the UK.

For more information about artists represented by DACS and the Bridgeman Art Library please contact:

33 Great Sutton Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7336 8811
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7336 8822
E-mail: info@dacs.org.uk

The Bridgeman Art Library
17-19 Garway Road
W2 4PH
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7727 4065
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7792 8509
Contact: Elizabeth Lubienska



Photography and video filming are not normally allowed at Tate.

Permission may be granted for the purpose of private study and research, if no reproduction is available and copyright law permits. Application forms are available from the Information Desk at the main entrance of each Gallery and from the Tate Picture Library, telephone 020 7887 8890/8867.

Please note that forms take about a week to be processed.


The Digitisation of Content - EMII-DCF

Tate is part of the European Museum Information Institute's latest initiative which is the Distributed Content Framework project (EMII-DCF). This project is funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies programme (IST).

Nowadays museums and other cultural institutions are increasingly making their collections available on-line. In an attempt to meet all the emerging needs arising from the ongoing digitisation enterprise of the cultural sector EMII-DCF has positioned itself to inform and assist cultural organisations and projects across Europe when involved in the digitisation of cultural heritage content.

The project has drawn together all the issues related to the use of technical standards as well as legal requirements in the digital environment. This covers key areas such as the management of digital rights including copyright and licensing agreements for the cultural heritage sector.

Tate is assisting in compiling the Legal Requirements document. The results will be available later this year and consist of providing an analysis of the legal requirements for content holders and content users in the key areas of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Data Protection and Human Rights. It also involves producing template licensing agreements that can be used by relevant parties as a basis for negotiations about licensing out cultural content or licensing cultural content with the intention of eventually digitising the content.

The project is also working in the areas of:

For further information visit the EMII-DCF website or contact:

The Copyright Officer
Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG