Mercian Copyright Group

The Mercian Copyright Group (MCG) is a network of library staff with a responsibility for copyright guidance and advocacy at their institutions. Copyright and related issues, are complex even for the specialists in the field, and being able to share knowledge and develop best practice is a crucial part of supporting teaching and research active colleagues, and especially in developing fields. The Group aims to act as a regional community of best practice, sharing effective techniques and methods, and offering new opportunities to work collectively across the ‘Midlands Engine’ and Mercian membership region. 

The current (May '22 on) operational leads for the group are: Caroline Long (Aston), Guy Lavender (OU) & Luke Fowler (Wolverhampton). The group reports and is responsible to the Collaboration's Directors, via the Steering Group.

Following a period of Steering Group review (Nov '21-May '22), this group has returned to operational status.


Group membership is open to all staff working in member libraries with an interest in copyright, licensing and rights management in any capacity. To be added to the distribution list, contact the Executive Officer.

Further Information

For more information on this as well as other activities, membership, and future events, please contact the Group's Organisating Committee members or the Executive Officer.

Midlands Copyright Group

Previously known as the Midlands Copyright Group, the group was adopted in Nov 2017 by the Mercian Collaboration as one of their special interest groups, for an initial trial period of a year. Following a successful conclusion of this trial period, the group became one of our established subgroups.