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Relaxation of Copyright

10 February 2021 Share

The Copyright Licensing Agency has relaxed copyright licence terms to support educators through the latest national lockdown.

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have recently announced that there will be a temporary increase in the copying limit in the Education Licence that applies to UK schools, sixth form and further education colleges, from the current 5% to 20%, until 31 March 2021.

As in a similar move during the first lockdown last April, this change will give teachers and students more flexibility to access resources to support remote learning while schools are closed.

The changes to the licence terms mean that teachers can copy up to 20% of a print book, owned by the school, including scanned book content held on the school VLE. Education Platform users will also be able to copy up to 20% of a digital book available on the Platform during this period.

Licensed schools should read the full conditions on the CLA website.

We know there have been lots of questions surrounding the legalities of what can be made available to pupils digitally since the move to primarily virtual learning, so if you'd like to gain a better understanding of important copyright issues and have your questions answered don't forget that next month we're running an informative webinar on copyright for school library staff and teachers with Richard Coombes, Head of Rights and Licensing at Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). For more details and to book your place, click here.