Copyright and Schools

Schools rely on a vast pool of resources and this site is here to help you make full use of copyright material such as books, television, music, films, and websites.

Click the Start button below and then choose the icon of the resource or activity that best describes what you want to do and follow an option to see how to use that material legally and where to find more information.

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About

Copyright and Schools is a working group of representatives from the licensing bodies that provide licences for the use of copyright material in the schools sector. The group aims to manage the issues that surround copyright in schools through raising awareness, providing information and increasing the two-way understanding of the concerns of both our rights-holders and the schools that benefit from using their work.

The Copyright and Schools website is an information resource to help schools navigate copyright licensing and understand how copyright material can be used legally within a school — providing accessible, relevant and up to date information to support the curricular and extracurricular use of copyright content.

Blanket Licensing is a scheme that allows schools to use copyright works from an extensive repertoire, under the terms of the Licence - rather than having to request permission from the rights holder every time a work is used.

Please click on the links below for more specific information about each organisation:

CCLI is the UK’s major licensing body for the reproduction of hymns and worship songs used in acts of collective worship during assemblies. CCLI can license your school to reproduce the lyrics and music of many thousands of songs by hand, type, computer storage and photocopying or use on OHP acetates, electronic storage and projection, song sheets and so on.

http://schools.ccli.co.uk | email: info@ccli.co.uk | tel: 01323 436 100

CLA licenses organisations to copy and re-use extracts from print and a wide range of digital publications on behalf of the copyright owners – authors, publishers and visual artists. By ‘copying’ we mean reproducing an original work by means of photocopying or making digital copies of content from magazines, books, journals, electronic and online publications. Our licences provide a cost effective way to manage the risk associated with using and reproducing copyright materials.

schools.cla.co.uk | email: education.customers@cla.co.uk | tel: 020 7400 3100 | fax: 020 7400 3101

Era licenses designated educational establishments to record radio and television broadcasts for educational purposes. On-site access to digital recordings for use on interactive whiteboards, VLEs and PowerPoint presentations is included. Streaming recordings off-site is covered by a top-up licence, ERA Plus.

www.era.org.uk | email: era@era.org.uk | tel: 020 7837 3222

This license gives schools complete access to premium entertainment content from the majority of Independent, family friendly, film Studios/TV series DVD. The licence allows unlimited showings, in any legal home entertainment format, at one low annual fee. MPLC also provides single title licensing for film clubs.

www.mplcuk.com | email: ukinfo@mplc.com| tel: 01323 649 647 | fax: 01323 439 354

NLA media access grants rights to schools to make copies of articles from its print and digital newspaper titles. NLA media access has appointed CLA as its exclusive agent for all UK education licensing. To read more detail about what the NLA media access Schools Licence covers, click here.

email: education.customers@cla.co.uk | tel: 020 7400 3124

PMLL is the licensing arm of the Music Publishers Association and the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) permits the copying of works from UK printed music publications that the school owns for use in school activities.

The SPML is available exclusively from CLA, further information can be found on the CLA website.

Schools Printed Music Licence | email: education.customers@cla.co.uk | tel: 020 7400 3124

PPL licenses recorded music played in public and broadcast on TV, Radio and the internet on behalf of its record company and performer members. A PPL licence is required for any public performance of recorded music for extra curricular purposes within schools, such as school discos, keep fit classes, music on hold etc. A licence can be obtained from CEFM (the Centre for Education and Finance Management).

www.cefm.co.uk | email: ppl@cefm.co.uk | tel: 01494 836 233

www.ppluk.com | email: ppo@ppluk.com | tel: 020 7534 1070

PRS for Music is the trading name of the Performing Right Society Limited (“PRS”) and Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Limited (“MCPS”), who between them have a combined membership of over 90,000 songwriters, composers and publishers of copyright music and represent in in the UK hundreds of thousands of such creators through affiliation agreements with similar societies throughout the world.

PRS licenses organisations to perform in public (whether live or by the showing or playing of sound recordings, films or broadcasts) and to communicate to the public (including by intranet or internet transmission) the copyright works of its members and overseas societies, and distribute the resulting royalties to them fairly and efficiently. We promote and protect the value of copyright.

A PRS for Music licence is required for any public performance of music for extra curricular purposes within schools. A licence for schools can be obtained from PRS for Music’s agent, CEFM. Some commercial uses of music may need to be licensed directly by PRS for Music or by our members.

www.cefm.co.uk | email: prs@cefm.co.uk | tel: 01494 473014
www.prsformusic.com | email: customerservice@prsformusic.com | tel: 0845 309 3090

PRS for Music as MCPS licenses the copying of music onto a CD, tape, video or DVD, or other sound-bearing medium, including online platforms; and the distribution of such copies to the public. This applies to recordings of school concerts, plays or similar events. Applications for a MCPS licence can only be made on the website.

www.prsformusic.com | e-mail: applications@mcps.co.uk | tel: 020 8378 7500

Licences to copy and transmit for curricular purposes PRS for Music repertoire of copyright music by means of recording broadcasts containing music and communicating such recordings from schools to teachers and pupils at the school are covered by Educational Recording Agency’s basic and top up licensing schemes and can be obtained from ERA at www.era.org.uk

PVSL was created by Filmbank who represent all major Hollywood plus Independent and Bollywood studios. Schools holding the PVSL are able to show films for entertainment purposes during and out of school hours, including in after-school and film clubs. Fundraising licences in the special early window before DVD release are also available. No add on licence is required for the screening of Hollywood, Independent and Bollywood films, within Filmbank’s repertoire.

http://www.filmbank.co.uk/licences | email: pvsl@cefm.co.uk | tel: 01494 836 231

Contact us

For information about use of copyright content in schools, please contact the relevant organisation.

CCLI is the UK’s major licensing body for the reproduction of hymns and worship songs used in acts of collective worship during assemblies. CCLI can license your school to reproduce the lyrics and music of many thousands of songs by hand, type, computer storage and photocopying or use on OHP acetates, electronic storage and projection, song sheets and so on.

Web: http://schools.ccli.co.uk | email: info@ccli.co.uk | tel: 01323 436 100

CLA licenses organisations to copy and re-use extracts from print and a wide range of digital publications on behalf of the copyright owners – authors, publishers and visual artists. By ‘copying’ we mean reproducing an original work by means of photocopying or making digital copies of content from magazines, books, journals, electronic and online publications. Our licences provide a cost effective way to manage the risk associated with using and reproducing copyright materials.

schools.cla.co.uk | email: education.customers@cla.co.uk | tel: 020 7400 3100 | fax: 020 7400 3101

Era licenses designated educational establishments to record radio and television broadcasts for educational purposes. On-site access to digital recordings for use on interactive whiteboards, VLEs and PowerPoint presentations is included. Streaming recordings off-site is covered by a top-up licence, ERA Plus.

www.era.org.uk | email: era@era.org.uk | tel: 020 7837 3222

This license gives schools complete access to premium entertainment content from the majority of Independent, family friendly, film Studios/TV series DVD. The licence allows unlimited showings, in any legal home entertainment format, at one low annual fee. MPLC also provides single title licensing for film clubs.

www.mplcuk.com | email: ukinfo@mplc.com| tel: 01323 649 647 | fax: 01323 439 354

NLA media access grants rights to schools to make copies of articles from its print and digital newspaper titles. NLA media access has appointed CLA as its exclusive agent for all UK education licensing. To read more detail about what the NLA media access Schools Licence covers, click here.

email: education.customers@cla.co.uk | tel: 020 7400 3124

PMLL is the licensing arm of the Music Publishers Association and the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) permits the copying of works from UK printed music publications that the school owns for use in school activities.

The SPML is available exclusively from CLA, further information can be found on the CLA website.

Schools Printed Music Licence | email: education.customers@cla.co.uk | tel: 020 7400 3124

PPL licenses recorded music played in public and broadcast on TV, Radio and the internet on behalf of its record company and performer members. A PPL licence is required for any public performance of recorded music for extra curricular purposes within schools, such as school discos, keep fit classes, music on hold etc. A licence can be obtained from CEFM (the Centre for Education and Finance Management).

www.cefm.co.uk | email: ppl@cefm.co.uk | tel: 01494 836 233

www.ppluk.com | email: ppo@ppluk.com | tel: 020 7534 1070

PRS for Music is the trading name of the Performing Right Society Limited (“PRS”) and Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Limited (“MCPS”), who between them have a combined membership of over 90,000 songwriters, composers and publishers of copyright music and represent in in the UK hundreds of thousands of such creators through affiliation agreements with similar societies throughout the world.

PRS licenses organisations to perform in public (whether live or by the showing or playing of sound recordings, films or broadcasts) and to communicate to the public (including by intranet or internet transmission) the copyright works of its members and overseas societies, and distribute the resulting royalties to them fairly and efficiently. We promote and protect the value of copyright.

A PRS for Music licence is required for any public performance of music for extra curricular purposes within schools. A licence for schools can be obtained from PRS for Music’s agent, CEFM. Some commercial uses of music may need to be licensed directly by PRS for Music or by our members.

www.cefm.co.uk | email: prs@cefm.co.uk | tel: 01494 473014
www.prsformusic.com | email: customerservice@prsformusic.com | tel: 0845 309 3090

PRS for Music as MCPS licenses the copying of music onto a CD, tape, video or DVD, or other sound-bearing medium, including online platforms; and the distribution of such copies to the public. This applies to recordings of school concerts, plays or similar events. Applications for a MCPS licence can only be made on the website.

www.prsformusic.com | e-mail: applications@mcps.co.uk | tel: 020 8378 7500

Licences to copy and transmit for curricular purposes PRS for Music repertoire of copyright music by means of recording broadcasts containing music and communicating such recordings from schools to teachers and pupils at the school are covered by Educational Recording Agency’s basic and top up licensing schemes and can be obtained from ERA at www.era.org.uk

PVSL was created by Filmbank who represent all major Hollywood plus Independent and Bollywood studios. Schools holding the PVSL are able to show films for entertainment purposes during and out of school hours, including in after-school and film clubs. Fundraising licences in the special early window before DVD release are also available. No add on licence is required for the screening of Hollywood, Independent and Bollywood films, within Filmbank’s repertoire.

http://www.filmbank.co.uk/licences | email: pvsl@cefm.co.uk | tel: 01494 836 231

For queries relating specifically to this site or to report a problem, please contact admin@copyrightandschools.org

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