Answered On Last Updated: Oct 31, 2023

What is a copyright licence?

The University of Roehampton (UR) holds a CLA Higher Education Licence (Copyright Licensing Agency). CLA is recognised by the government as the collective licensing body for the reuse of text and images from books, magazines, journals, and websites.

The Licence is intended to broaden and enrich the student learning experience, and support the wider running of HEIs, by allowing wider access to copyright materials than would otherwise be possible. In parallel, it enables publishers, authors and visual artists to be remunerated for the use of their work.

The Library co-ordinates the Licence to ensure all the terms and conditions of the Licence are met, to avoid copyright law infringement and potential loss of the Licence. As part of the terms, the Library reports all digital copies made for module readings to CLA.

The CLA HE Licence permits the Library to:

  • Make copies from books, magazines, journals, and websites.
  • Share copies with students and staff.
  • Securely store copies.
  • Copy up to one article, chapter, or 10% of the total, whichever is greater.
  • Copy publications from the UK and international mandate publishers plus 38 international territories.

CLA has a commitment both to HEIs and to publishers, authors and visual creators, including collecting and validating copying data to inform royalty distributions.

More information can be found on the CLA's plain English User Guidelines.

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