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National 'Licence to Copy' campaign targets schools

23rd January 2019

CLA has launched a national awareness campaign aimed at UK schools in a bid to boost teachers’ understanding of how copyright affects their use of books and other resources.

For years, UK state schools have been licensed by CLA through their regional education authorities. The licence covers them to copy and share material from textbooks and other resources that are protected by copyright law. Without this arrangement, teachers would be required to seek permission every time they wanted to make a copy from a book.  

CLAs ‘Licence to Copy’ frees up teachers to be flexible in their lesson resourcing, allowing them to photocopy, scan or print out up to 5% or one chapter from the vast majority of books that their school owns, and to share these copies with their students for use in the classroom or study.

The CLA Licence to Copy scheme, and the new campaign, are backed by educational publishers and their industry body, the Publishers Association.

Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association, said:
The schools licence aims to make using copyright content as straightforward as possible for schools. We support this campaign, which aims to increase awareness around the licence, and what teachers can copy and share under its terms. Working within the licence helps support investment in new content, as well as the writers and educators who create that content.”

The new campaign will see publishers using a ‘Licence to Copy’ badge on some of their publications to remind teachers that they are free to copy extracts from textbooks their school owns – this includes most published materials with the only exceptions being workbooks and some categories of publication such as maps, newspapers or printed music.  

Julie Murray, CLA’s Education Licence Manager said:
This campaign is not just about respecting creator’s rights; it is also about helping teachers and ultimately supporting student outcomes. We want teachers to regard the licence as a tool that can help in their teaching.  If they understand what the licence enables them to do, it can help them to work smarter and maximise their resources, benefiting schools, and students as well as the creators and publishers we represent.”    

CLA and major educational publishers are also piloting a new online platform for the licence that will offer schools digital access to original book content supplied directly by the publishers. This will let them create high quality copies that they can immediately share as well as store for future use.  

Schools can visit the Licence to Copy page to find out more about the campaign including an information video, helpful FAQs and an online checker.