I have been sent a request to return a Digital Copy Record Form. Why do I have to do this?
The requirement is part of the terms and conditions of the CLA Higher Education Licence. CLA needs to collect certain data from HEIs regarding Digital Copies, to inform the fair distribution of Licence fees to copyright owners and to monitor usage trends under the Licence. Data received from UUK/GuildHE members is also shared with the UUK/GuildHE Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee, to help inform Licence negotiations.
Do I need to report digital copies made for staff?
The CLA Higher Education Licence permits sharing of copies with staff that fall outside of the usual teaching and learning provisions, for example copies made for administrative purposes or to share an article in a magazine that mentions the university. These copies do not have to be included in the DCRF.
I have direct permission from the publisher. Do I need to report these scans?
No, you only need to report copies you have made under the CLA Higher Education Licence. If you have shared copies because you have direct permission from the publisher or because of any other primary agreement you may have, you don’t need to tell us.
One of our students has made scans for their course work. How do I report these?
Copies made for private study and research don’t have to be included in the DCRF. Please only report digital copies made for a course or module to students registered on the course.
A tutor has used images from Google? Should we report these?
We just signed up to use the DCS. Do we need to send the DCRF this year?
The Digital Content Store (DCS) automates the reporting of digital copies for you so you don’t need to fill in the DCRF. Depending on your go-live date for using the DCS you may not need to fill in the DCRF. Please discuss this with the DCS Team. CLA also have a Third Party Technology Partner (TPTP) Licence, which enables licensed technology partners to automate these processes on behalf of their customers as well.
We have not made any digital copies. Do we still need to fill in the DCRF?
If you have not made any digital copies during the reporting period 1st of June to the 31st of May, please still let us know by returning a ‘nil return’ to us.
We have used the same extract for two courses? Is it enough to report it just once if it’s the same page range?
Please create a an entry for each course where the extract is used during the reporting period. If you are using previously reported material for a new course, this needs to be reported again.
Our tutors copy their own course material. Do we still need to fill in the DCRF?
Yes, you do. It is a requirement of the CLA Higher Education Licence terms and conditions. If your library doesn’t centrally manage the digital copies request, as a Licensee you have to put structures in place that ensure that all digital copies are reported to CLA each year.
I understand that students can access copies made for previous courses until they graduate? Do I have to report these again when the HEI has been selected for a the Full Reporting schedule because students have still access to them?
Please don’t reference any cohort of students that has completed a listed course but still has access to its content for the remainder of that particular cohort’s degree programme.
If a tutor prints out scanned copies to hand out to students do I have to report these?
Print outs from scans are considered paper copies and should not be included in the DCRF.
We have used content where permissions were purchased through the Second Extract Permissions Service? Do we need to report these scans in the DCRF?
You don’t need to include Second Extract Permissions Service purchases on the DCRF. When you complete the purchase in the system, CLA already record the course details, number of students and page range. There is no need to report these extracts again.
We have purchased copyright fee paid copies via EHESS from the British Library. Should we include these or do copies obtained via EHESS fall outside the scope of reporting for digital copies?
If you have made digital copies from a copyright fee paid copy to share with students on a course, then you should report them in the same way as other digital copies made from books, journals or magazines under the CLA Licence - according to your reporting schedule for that year. Purchasing copyright fee paid copies through EHESS is just another means to purchase content, e.g. you could purchase a copyright-free paid copy from EHESS and keep in library stock without sharing it on a course. If further digital copies are made for a course, please report them.
Please note: If you purchase a copyright fee paid copy specifically with a view to share this with students, please make sure to check that further copying is permitted under the CLA Higher Education Licence. Not all material that is available from the British Library is covered for scanning and vice versa.