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Copyright is the legal entitlement of a creator of an original work to own and control distribution of that work. Copyright lasts for the life of the creator plus 70 years, after which time it will enter the public domain.

All the material in Usborne books and on this website is the copyright of Usborne Publishing or of the author. Permission must be sought to reproduce material created or published by Usborne Publishing Ltd. For more information on copyright, please refer to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998.

There are circumstances under which copyright permission is not necessary. For example, the following use does not infringe copyright:

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