Copyright and licensing
From April 2015, the Department for Education provide licences from the following copyright management organisations (CMOs) for all primary and secondary state-funded schools in England:
- Copyright Licensing Agency, for print and digital copyright content in books, journals and magazines.
- Schools Printed Music Licence, for printed music.
- Newspaper Licensing Agency, for newspapers and magazines.
- Educational Recording Agency, for recording and use of radio and television programmes.
- Filmbank and Motion Picture Licensing Company, for showing of films.
- Performing Right Society for Music, Phonographic Performance Ltd and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, for playing and recording music.
- Christian Copyright Licensing International, for hymns and other Christian music.
These licences cover:
- local-authority-maintained schools (including maintained nurseries)
- free schools
- special schools (these are schools for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- non-maintained special schools
- pupil referral units (these provide education for children who can’t attend a mainstream school).
Schools can’t opt out of these licences.
Note that the licences don’t cover sixth-form colleges or academies for 16 to 19 year olds.
For further information, please visit the Department for Education website.