|British Library London" by Jack1956|
We're not familiar with British copyright law but, under U.S. law, creating a "slavish reproduction" of a public domain work doesn't create a new copyright. So, under U.S. copyright law, you're free to copy the public domain work. There may be a contractual prohibition on you copying the materials if you signed a license agreement with the British Library. That's a murky area and courts have sometimes ruled that the license trumps copyright.We wrote more about these issues in a previous post. In any case, this seems like a tough one for the library to enforce.