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Copying books and journals for class purposes

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education licence

The University has a Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education licence which allows additional copying for educational purposes beyond that which is allowed under the Act.

This covers: print material only.

This does not cover: AV material, maps, newspapers or electronic sources (including databases) – these are licensed separately.

From 1 August 2016, the licence allows multiple copies to be made for students – one per student plus one for the lecturer – with the following restrictions:

  • A single or several extract(s) from a published edition totalling no more than 10% of the whole work - or
  • One chapter in a book
  • One article in a journal or a set of conference proceedings
  • Up to ten pages of one short story or poem in an anthology
  • One whole single case in a set of judicial proceedings
  • Diagrams, illustrations, drawings, photographs and other graphic works may be copied either alone or as part of the above limits, provided they are copied from licensed material
  • Acetates and OHP transparencies may be copied for class use.

The CLA licence includes the following restrictions:

  • Material may not be stored in digital format unless scanned by library staff
  • Copies must not be sold or hired
  • Not all publishers, publications or countries are covered under the licence – please see the CLA excluded categories and works list. Specific title permissions can be checked through title search tool on the CLA website
  • photocopying guidance can also be found next to the photocopiers.

Works from some US publishers can be copied under a reciprocal agreement.
More information about participating US publishers on the CLA website

For information on scanning copies, please see our scanning for class purposes page.

Page last updated on Friday 22 July 2016 at 4.15pm.


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