CLA is a necessary key to the MMO & MI sector. We provide a comprehensive and flexible licence, allowing MMO & MI to reproduce and use extracts and clippings from a wide range of print and online media sources as well as books, journals, and periodicals to share with their clients.

  • CLA is regulated by the government as the collective licensing body for the reuse of text and images from books, journals and magazines.
  • CLA is a member of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).
  • CLA is a not-for-profit company. We distribute our revenues back into the creative industries helping to ensure that rightsholders are fairly remunerated when their works are used.

224k

CLA titles have been shared to clients
via licenced MMOs and MIs since 2019

Licenced MMOs & MIs

Benefits of the MMO Licence

The CLA MMO & MI Licence provides permission for media companies to supply their clients with copies of articles from thousands of magazines and websites.

With the CLA MMO Licence you can:

  • Photocopy or scan single articles containing items of news or current affairs
  • Distribute paper copies to your customers
  • Store digital copies for up to 13 months
  • Make digital copies available to your customers on a secure web portal for up to 13 months

Print publications are included in the licence on a blanket basis, which means that all UK print magazines and periodicals are included unless they have been explicitly excluded by the rightsholder.

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Streamline operations

Eliminating the need for MMO & MI to individually negotiate with publishers and rights holders (saving time, money, and effort)

Legal protection

Protects MMO & MIs from potential copyright infringement

Comprehensive coverage

Allows MMO & MI to reproduce, access and use extracts and clippings from CLA copyrighted content and share with their clients

Support the creative industry

This licence ensures that publishers, artists, and creatives are compensated fairly for their work, helping sustain the production of valuable content

£1.74m

has been distributed to rightsholders from revenue generated by the Media Monitor Licence since 2019

MMO & MI Updates

Meet Bob Johns, our new MMO and TDM Account Manager

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What our customers say

“As a media intelligence company deriving insights from news data, Signal AI operates at the intersection of copyright compliance and technological innovation. Navigating the complexities associated with this fast-changing environment is made possible through close collaboration with publishers and rights holders, and our licence with the CLA allows us to respect copyright while staying ahead of the curve.

The CLA has demonstrated its willingness to engage with Signal as a reliable partner at a time when dialogue between publishers and AI companies is more important than ever.”

David Benigson, CEO – Signal AI

MMO and MI FAQ's

Media Monitoring Organisation and Media Intelligence Licence FAQ's
Yes, the CLA MMO licence is still required – even if the client does not see the original article or snippet link.

As a regulated, not-for-profit organisation. CLA is recognised by the UK government as a collective management organisation for published material. We exist to support knowledge sharing, protect your company, and champion the creative ecosystem. Our revenue is distributed to our member organisations who pay royalties directly to copyright owners – authors, publishers and visual artists. CLA has generated more than £1.5bn in licence revenues over 40 years, and distributed to over 200,000 publishers and content creators.

The CLA has an MMO Licence for organisations that copy, scrape or index print or online publisher content for the supply of commercial monitoring or aggregation services. The MMO Licence applies to anyone holding a database or index of CLA publisher content for the purpose of providing paid-for services. An application form, which includes Terms & Conditions, can be found here:

NLA Media Access and CLA are mandated by different publishers to represent different content sets. CLA also works with NLA to act as the exclusive agent for all NLA’s UK education licensing.

Print publications are included in the licence on a blanket basis, which means that all UK print magazines and periodicals are included unless they have been explicitly excluded by the rightsholder. With the CLA MMO Licence, you can:
  • Photocopy or scan single articles containing items of news or current affairs

  • Distribute paper copies to your customers

  • Store web snippets or digital copies of websites for up to 13 months

  • Make digital copies of web content available to your customers on a secure web portal for up to 13 months

If you have selected 'Licence for cuttings and for website monitoring’ on the application form, you may:
  • Index the website content
  • Store website content for up to 13 months for evaluation purposes
  • Email your customers links to single articles containing items of news or current affairs, accompanied by a headline or extract of no more than 256 characters
  • Where the website is free-to-view and the publisher has indicated that this is permitted, create and make available PDF copies of articles on a secure web portal

Support your clients

Ensure your clients are compliant with copyright law by obtaining the necessary licences for reproducing and using content. This includes informing clients about the requirement for a licence before offering them services, thereby mitigating the risk of legal action and upholding ethical standards in content usage.

Our Business Licence is there to help guard your clients’ reputations and maintain your professional integrity.

To support you and your clients, we have created some guidelines for your clients on what they can do with their media cuttings made under the CLA licence:

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