We’ve just had a meeting with David Crook of the CLA, about the new (comprehensive) Higher Education Licence, which covers photocopying, scanning, and now digital use.
You can read the new licence user guidelines, at:
Key differences between the old licence and the new:
- We’re now permitted to photocopy material published in Italy and Japan, as those countries have been added to the CLA’s list of international mandating territories.
- The ‘scanning’ part of the licence now allows digitisation from works published in the U.S.A., as long as the publisher is not listed on the list of excluded US publishers.
- We now need only report our digitised copies (the dreaded spreadsheet!) to the CLA once a year, instead of every 6 months: within 15 days of the end of the licence period (i.e. by the end of August).
- Most significantly, we can now create digital copies on Blackboard from digital originals (e-books and e-journals) published by certain publishers in the UK and the US. This is new ground for us: we’re one of only 35 HEIs to have signed up for this part of the licence, and we need to be seen to be getting value from the extra expense. I’m having meetings with C.E.R.D. next week to try and identify some pilot areas that could start using this part of the licence.