Our Law Licence supports copyright compliance across law firms and barristers’ chambers in the UK, and globally through our Extended Multinational Law Licence. We champion ethical and responsible content use and copying practices within the legal sector.

CLA is regulated by the UK government as the collective management organisation for the reuse of text and images from books, journals and magazines. As a not-for-profit, our licence fees are distributed back to publishers, authors and visual artists, ensuring fair remuneration for fair use of their work.

Copyright and ESG: Ethical Imperatives for Compliance and Responsibility

IP specialist, Colin Hulme Featured article authored by IP specialist, Colin Hulme

Copyright compliance is not just a legal obligation, but also an ethical one. In this insightful article, Colin Hulme, Head of IP at Burness Paull LLP and a distinguished figure with a Band 1 ranking in Chambers UK and recognition in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, discusses the crucial ethical imperatives surrounding copyright compliance and responsibility.

He asserts that copyright law is designed to protect the rights of creators and to encourage innovation. When copyright is infringed, it not only deprives creators of their rightful earnings, but it can also stifle creativity and innovation. Hulme also outlines how copyright compliance is becoming increasingly important in the context of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) initiatives.

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The CLA Law Licence is specifically created for the legal sector

It contains permissions that aren’t included in other licences. In addition to the permissions found in the standard Business Licence, the Law Licence add-on has tailored features to support lawyers, barristers and the legal sector directly.

Legal Copying, reusing and sharing content in Law firms

Share copies on an ad-hoc basis with clients and other legal professionals in relation to an ongoing case

Share copies with existing or prospective customers

Share copies with existing or prospective customers on matters for which they may seek legal advice in the future*

Share a content with colleagues in offices overseas

Share a single digital or hard copies with colleagues in offices overseas (employees in the same firm)

Retain digitised copies

Retain digitised copies for regulatory and archive purposes beyond the termination of the licence, and for as long as required to retain records of actual and contemplated legal proceedings

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Additional examples of where you might need to make and distribute copies internally within your organisation include:
  • To share with colleagues at meetings or briefings
  • For market intelligence
  • For research & development
  • For staff training
  • To share media coverage within your organisation

*(excludes CCC repertoire)

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The CLA Law Licence allows you to make copies of extracts, subject to certain terms and conditions, from books, journals and magazines published in print and from a wide range of digital publications. Copies may be made from publications including those to which you subscribe and from articles or press cuttings provided by licensed external suppliers (e.g. a public relations or press cuttings agency or the British Library) where a copyright fee has been paid.

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Extended Multinational Law Licence

This licence simplifies licensing for global firms, improving efficiencies in licence costs and document sharing. It extends law licence permissions for firms with overseas offices.
Extended Multinational Law LicenceThis licence covers copying and reuse of titles published in the UK, USA, Canada and Switzerland plus over 100 international publishers.

Our relationship with CCC in the USA also means that UK headquartered firms only require one licence for repertoire covered by CLA and CCC, supporting responsible copyright practices globally.

Document Supply (Doc Del)

Law Licensees can also order unencrypted documents from a number of specialist document suppliers. The following suppliers can deliver digital copyright fee paid (CFP) copies to CLA licensed firms with no DRM protection:

  1. The British Library (BL On Demand)
  2. Institute for Advanced Legal Studies
  3. The Signet Library

These documents are typically encrypted. CLA Law Licensees enjoy the convenience of receiving unencrypted PDF copies of the articles and documents they request, streamlining the process of accessing and sharing content.

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Copyright & ESG

Ethical Imperatives for Compliance and Responsibility. Featured article by IP specialist, Colin Hulme

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