The University holds a licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) which permits staff and students to make multiple (or systematic) copies for teaching and learning from books, periodicals and other materials in the CLA repertoire held in the University's collections. The Licence is negotiated with CLA on behalf of the Higher Education sector by representatives from Universities UK and Guild HE. The current licence agreement runs from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2016.
Content from many books, journals and some magazines are licensed for use in printed course packs under the Licence, subject to terms and exclusions. Printed course packs should not be circulated electronically - special terms apply to digital readings and prior authorisation is required.
Most print stock will be covered by the licence, however users should check, prior to copying, that the material being copied is not excluded from the Licence. The licensed repertoire is subject to change: rightsholders may add or withdraw content at any time. CLA notifies the University's Copyright Officer monthly of any changes to the repertoire.
CLA provides a Check Permissions tool, which can be used to quickly check whether a work can be used under the Licence in a printed course pack, selecting 'Photocopying' as the usage type. If you wish to use material from an e-book or e-journal University subscription in a printed course pack or handout, you should also select 'Photocopying.' Lists of excluded works and categories by territory are also published on the CLA website.
Lecturers' personally owned copies of textbooks or journals, inspection or proof copies of published material, or photocopies made or obtained via interlibrary loan for private use are not licensed for further copying under the CLA Licence.
The CLA Licence, User Guidelines and other support material including lists of excluded works and categories are available on CLA's Higher Education microsite. Information on scanning, digital readings, Blackboard Learn, and other types of materials can be found using the links on this page.