If your institution has an Education Licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency, this covers teachers to copy extracts from a range of published materials your institution owns, without seeking the permission that can be necessary under copyright law. But what does this mean in practice? What can you actually DO? Read on for the key headlines.
Firstly check that the material you’re interested in copying is covered by the licence – just run the ISBN, title or URL through the check permissions tool – it’s on every page of our site. Then you can:
- Photocopy to create a print coursepack. You can copy 1 chapter or 5% from a book to create a print coursepack that students can highlight, underline and annotate to support their learning. To my mind in this case – the more dog-eared the better!
- Scan an extract for the VLE. Even though you have a core textbook for all your students, you might want to give them an extract from an author with an opposing point of view, or some material that provides a bit more support or challenge. If so, scan the material and put it on your intranet or VLE for students to refer to at home and throughout their course.
- Email students. Someone off long term sick? Keep them up to date by emailing them material copied under the licence with accompanying tasks to keep them up to speed.
- Copy from an e-book. It may be that you have a limited number of user licences for your e-book platform, but you want to send your whole cohort to chapter 2 in week 5. The CLA Education Licence also covers you to copy from e-books, so that you could make that material available to all your students, without upping the user licences.
If you’re in any doubt about what you can do with your licence, talk to your library team or email CLA at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help you make the most of your licence.
About the author
Julie Murray is Education Licences Manager at CLA, which means she trains and educates licensees in schools, further and higher education institutions about CLA licences and how they fit into the wider world of copyright. Prior to working at CLA, Julie was Head of History and Politics at an 11-18 comprehensive in London.