What you need to know
We give you consent to reproduce our banknotes, or a part of one, if you comply with our reproduction conditions (you do not need to contact us for permission). These conditions apply whether you are using our approved images or creating your own.
If you do not comply with our conditions, this may result in legal action.
Banknotes and the law
It is an offence to:
- reproduce banknotes issued by us, or part of banknotes issued by us, on any substance or to any scale without our consent. For the avoidance of doubt, consent for items marketed as ‘Movie’, ‘Prop’ or ‘Training’ items can only be obtained if such items meet our reproduction conditions. We have described these in more detail in the FAQ below.
- deface Bank of England banknotes (including printing, writing or impressing words, letters or figures on them).
- without the Bank’s consent knowingly and in the course of a business make for sale or hire, import, offer, exhibit in public, or distribute a copyright work. Copyright in Bank of England banknotes is owned by the Bank of England and also contains works which the Bank uses under licence from public and private sector bodies.
- without the Bank’s consent apply to goods or packaging, to sell, expose or distribute goods with the Bank’s registered trade mark (or a sign likely to be mistaken for it) with a view to gain for himself or another, or with intent to cause loss to another.
- commit fraud by false representation and misuse the Bank’s name as an instrument of fraud.
It is also an offence to:
- make a counterfeit banknote without lawful excuse or with the intention of passing or tendering it as genuine.
- pass or tender or deliver to another a counterfeit banknote knowingly or believing it to be counterfeit.
- have custody or control of a counterfeit banknote intending to pass or tender or deliver it as genuine or have in custody or control without lawful excuse.
- have custody or control of anything intending to or allowing any person to use it to make a counterfeit banknote intending to pass it as genuine or make or have anything designed or adapted to make a counterfeit banknote without lawful excuse.
These offences are covered under sections 14-17 and 18 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, section 12 of the Currency and Banknotes Act 1928, section 107 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994, and section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.
In addition, civil liability attaches to infringement of the Bank’s copyright, moral rights, and trade mark rights.
The list is non-exhaustive. The content of this website is provided for general information purposes only and it does not constitute in any way legal advice. If you are seeking specific legal advice, you may wish to contact a qualified legal professional at your own expense.