[Cc-uk] Copyright for kids

Tom Chance lists at tomchance.org.uk
Thu Jun 23 09:22:18 EDT 2005


I asked Artquest (thanks Rob), and they said the following:

The questioner rightly asks about the position of children giving
informed consent in the situation described.

Under English law, a child is a person under 18 years of age
(generally, 16 in Scotland)

It is generally the case under UK law that children, for most
purposes, cannot give their informed consent. Legislation often
specifies the purpose and the age that their consent may be given; for
example, a child under 16 years cannot give their informed consent to
sexual intercourse.

UK copyright legislation does not deal specifically with children as
authors, owners or licencees, of copyright works. Bu it is generally
accepted that a child's parent or guardian has to give their
consent/licence for the use of copyright work authored or owned by
their child.

Similarly, under English contract law it is generally the case that a
child (under 18 years) cannot enter into a legally binding and
enforceable contract; unless their parent or guardian gives their
express written consent.

Accordingly, in the circumstances described by the questioner, it
would be both sensible and right to achieve the written consent of
child's parent or guardian for the purposes described.

(from http://www.artquest.org.uk/q&a/send.html)

I hope that's useful for anyone else looking to work with children on CC.


On Tuesday 21 Jun 2005 11:44, Tom Chance wrote:
> Ahoy,
> We (Remix Reading) are hoping to get some kids into a RR/Fading Ways event
> in early July. If we can pull it off, we'll have a youth group going a
> little bit crazy with CC'ed work, remixing it in weird and wonderful ways.
> Are there any copyright implications we need to think of? For example, if
> an eight year old kid does a remix, can he/she license that under a CC
> license? I'm a little nervous about getting them to do this, even if it's
> legal.
> Any advice would be appreciated...
> Kind regards,
> Tom

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