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CLA Digital Content Store helping Universities in Ireland during health crisis

28th May 2020

  • UK and Irish Copyright Licensing Agency join forces to help Irish universities deliver remote learning during COVID-19 crisis 
  • Higher education institutions in Ireland given greater access to book content through CLA Digital Content Store

We have  announced a collaboration with our Irish counterparts the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency (ICLA), to give academics, libraries and students increased access to learning resources during this difficult period when university campuses are closed.  

After consulting with members and educational publishers, both agencies have confirmed they have reached agreement for Irish universities to be able to use more copyright book content by using the  Digital Content Store (DCS). ICLA have temporarily relaxed key terms of their Higher Education Licence until 30 June to make this work.

Under the new temporary terms in Ireland, the DCS makes it possible for universities in Ireland to;

  • Make use of any extract held in the DCS repository, whether the university owns an original copy or not
  • Copy and share an increased proportion of a book’s content – institutions will be able to copy up to 30% or 3 chapters, whichever is the greater, instead of the usual 10%. This applies to books published by participating publishers only

Mat Pfleger, CLA CEO commented

"I am delighted that we have been able to contribute to this initiative to help our colleagues at ICLA to provide support to their higher education customers. I am proud to see the Digital Content Store facilitating remote teaching and learning in Irish universities and hope that it will provide the much-needed help the sector needs at this time.”

Samantha Holman, ICLA Chief Executive Officer said

“We recognise the difficult time universities are having and we are delighted to be able to announce these temporary new terms thanks to our members and rightsholders. I would encourage Irish universities to consider using one of the workflow systems that allow them to benefit from these concessions by accessing the additional content made available for staff and students.”

Licensed institutions in Ireland can only benefit from these temporary terms and increased copy limits as a user of the Digital Content Store (DCS) or other approved workflow providers. The DCS is free-to-use for licensed HEIs during the period of these temporary terms, thereafter a 6 month free trial is on offer for any interested HEI.