Copyright, Privacy & Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

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Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website is a research resource, but we do ask that users respect the copyright of the creators found within the pages of the site. Nothing should be reproduced from this website in a publicly accessible form (online or offline) without permission of the copyright holders


All material on the entirety of Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website, its subdomains and affiliated sites is copyright of the respective author(s) and should not be reproduced without the permission of the respective copyright holder and must always be credited if such permission is given.
The main copyright holder is Haydonning Ltd - which includes all material by Alan Ayckbourn as well as his Archivist Simon Murgatroyd. Further information about reproducing material from the website can be obtained by contacting us via
Copyright Enquires.
Please note, images on this website may not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the respective copyright holder.

Reproducing Material From The Website

If permission is received to reproduce material from the website (specifically material by Alan Ayckbourn and / or Simon Murgatroyd), it is dependent on the following provisos.

Attribution - You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor - but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

- You may not use this work for commercial purposes unless agreed by the copyright holder; a fee may be occurred for reproducing work for commercial purposes.

No Derivative Works - You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work without written consent of the copyright holder.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I able to reproduce material/ articles from this website?
Only with permission of the relevant copyright holders. In most cases, this is Haydonning Ltd - the company which holds the copyright for works on this site by Alan Ayckbourn and his Archivist Simon Murgatroyd. If you would like to reproduce any material by either Alan Ayckbourn or Simon Murgatroyd, you must seek permission first by contacting us via Copyright Enquires; action may be taken against copyright infringement particularly if it is related to a commercial venture (such as the programme / playbill for a production).
Any other material - including images - is the copyright of the respective creator / author / organisation and permission to reproduce must be sought from these relevant bodies.

Can I reproduce photographs from this website?
No. All images are predominantly the copyright of Scarborough Theatre Trust or the respective photographer and should not be reprinted or stored in any format without express permission from the photographer / organisation which holds the copyright. Please note, photographers can and do scour the website looking for unauthorised reproductions of their photos and can take legal action against offenders.

Who should I contact regarding reproducing images from the site?
Any enquiries regarding photograph reproduction should be directed to this website via the Copyright Enquires page.

Surely anything on the internet is in the public domain and can be reproduced regardless?
The internet is not public domain, it is a publishing medium to which copyright laws apply. Copyright applies to all material published on the internet - be it photographs, articles or any other creative endeavour - and is subject to the same laws. It is a common - and dangerous - fallacy that the internet is public domain and one that will not hold up if legal action is taken by copyright holders.

The copyright holder is frequently referred to as Haydonning Ltd, what is this?
Haydonning Ltd is a private company which holds the copyright on material by Alan Ayckbourn and his archivist Simon Murgatroyd. It is regarded as the copyright holder for the vast majority of material on this website. To enquire about reproducing anything credited to Haydonning Ltd, please contact us via the Copyright Enquires page.

If you have any queries about copyright, please contact us via Copyright Enquires.