It’s important to have a running knowledge of copyright and what we are allowed to do within the HE sector, not least because you may well find you can do more than you think.
We’re not able to deal with the entire subject here in five minutes, but we’d like to bring to your attention some useful tools to help you ascertain if you are free to use content. We’ll also offer you an explanation of ERA and CLA licenses, and how they relates to your use of media within the University.
What is an ERA licence and why is it useful for me to know that ARU has one?
The ERA is the Educational Recording Agency. In their own words:
‘Most educational establishments within the United Kingdom hold an ERA Licence either paid for centrally through agreements with the Government or Local Authorities or are licensed on an individual basis by ERA or through an aggregator
‘The ERA Licence allows you to copy broadcast material to use as part of a lesson. It also allows the use of certain on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, All4, ITV Player, My5, and S4C (On Demand). Holding an ERA license means that an institution can not only copy but also retain broadcast material. It allows institutions to build up libraries with valuable resources to be used when teaching.
Please visit our case studies page for ideas about how to get the best use out of broadcast material.’ Educational Recording Agency
We think you might find their FAQs interesting and useful.
Our ERA license allows us all – teaching, non-teaching staff, AND students – to use the Box of Broadcasts (BoB). We will talk about BoB at some point in a future post. Suffice to say, it’s a video-streaming service that gives you access to over a million TV programmes, films and radio programmes. Why not log in (using your staff username) and have a look around?
What is CLA and what can they offer me?
The CLA is the Copyright Licensing Agency. In their own words:
‘The CLA Higher Education Licence provides annual blanket permission to photocopy and scan from millions of books, journals and magazines and from a range of digital material such as e-books and some websites.
Millions of titles are included and we have signed up the rights from thousands of writers and publishers into one package giving you access for one annual fee – removing the complexity, time and cost you would otherwise have to endure.’ Copyright Licensing Agency
Go to the CLA tool and search for something, and let us know what it is, and what you were permitted or not do with it. If you haven’t come across this before, we think you’re going to like the tool. To search:
- Visit the Check permissions page on the CLA website.
- Enter a book title/the name of a daily newspaper/something you’re interested in and click search
- Once you have clicked search, you will notice that you can refine your results on the left of the screen. So, in the case of searching for The Guardian for example, you’d need to click ‘Newspaper’ on the left.
- Ensure you have ‘Higher Education’ selected in the drop down box marked ‘Check permissions by‘
- Once you’ve refined your results, click on ‘Show Permissions‘ which is a red rectangular box
- Let us know what you find and what you can do with it in the comments for this blog post.