Our answers to your most frequently asked questions. Discover more about CLA Licences and protecting your organisation from copyright infringement.
Our business and public administration licences allow unlimited storage on a company intranet provided that the publisher is signed up to our licensing scheme and the publication is covered. To see if a publication is covered under the licence please use the Check Permissions search tool on our website. If the publication is not covered by your licence then you would need to seek clearance from the publisher directly.
You can make copies when you have one of our licences.
Many major magazine titles can be copied under our licences – further information about reusing this kind of content here. Some magazines are licensed by NLA Media Access. You can see if you are covered to copy from any magazine by using our Check Permissions search tool. Permission to copy content from national or regional newspapers is granted by NLA Media Access.
You will need to get permission from the map publisher. Standard licences are available from most major map publishing companies such as Street Map and the Ordnance Survey.
If you are a PR firm, marketing agency or similar and you want to provide copies of news and current affairs articles externally to clients, you need CLA’s Media Consultancy Licence. Providing electronic or hard copies of articles or links by email is not permitted under the standard CLA Business Licence; without the Media Consultancy Licence or direct permission from the rightsholder, your firm could be exposed to the risk of copyright infringement. This includes forwarding clippings and web links received via Media Monitoring Organisations to your clients.
There are a number of reasons, why the Check Permissions tool might display an amber result. Sometimes the ISBN has not been added to the CLA database yet and there is no information on the title or permissions status available yet. We have designed a simple interactive step-by-step guide, which you can download here. This will help you work out whether copying is permitted if the result is unclear. If you are still not sure, please let us know and we’d be happy to help. For the most accurate results, we recommend that you search by ISBN or ISSN if you have it.