We are delighted to announce that, following further consultations with our Members and with academic and educational publishers, we are relaxing the terms of the Higher Education Licence until 31 July 2021.
HEIs will be able to make use of an increased amount of digitised content from printed books through the Digital Content Store (DCS) or similar workflow systems, including Talis, giving academics, libraries and students the certainty of greater access to learning resources until the end of the next academic year.
The main change is:
- The extent limit for copying from print books is increased to 20% or two chapters, whichever is the greater, compared to the usual 10% or 1 chapter.
- This applies to books published by participating publishers only and only where a digital edition is otherwise unavailable.
The website to check these permissions is available here: Higher Education Licence terms amended until July 2021 to help sector deal with difficulties due to COVID-19
A dedicated guide to adding these permissions into the DCS is available here: Adding New Temporary Extent Limit Provisions in the DCS
CLA would also like to make light of the fact that the CLA HE Licence User Guidelines permit copies to be made from publications purchased or subscribed to by an individual member of staff, under exceptional circumstances.
This usually covers titles that are completely unavailable to purchase commercially, however this clause may also cover HEIs to use academic's own works due to Coronavirus provisions. For example, if there are genuine challenges with library access or the supply chain caused by COVID-19 that prevent use or purchase of an original owned by the HEI, this can be considered to be exceptional circumstances, but it is for each HEI to decide whether this applies in each case.