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Higher Education licence terms relaxed during COVID-19 crisis

CLA is delighted to announce that following consultation with its members and educational publishers, we will be temporarily relaxing key terms of the Higher Education Licence until 30 June, or sooner if institutions re-open, to give academics, libraries and students increased access to learning resources during this difficult period. 

There are two changes:

  • We will relax the requirement for an HEI to own an original – this will enable them to make use of any extract held in the Digital Content Store (DCS) or where the original is owned by an academic.
  • We have increased the extent limit for copying from print books so institutions can copy up to 30% or 3 chapters, whichever is the greater, instead of the current 10%. This applies to books published by participating publishers only.

See the Higher Education Licence Amendment Addendum 

We believe that this initiative from CLA and its members, with acknowledgement to the generosity of educational publishers, provides the much-needed support that higher education institutions need to deliver remote learning to students.

Important conditions apply

  1. Both amendments apply only where no digital edition is available through commercial channels, and only until 30 June 2020 or when institutions re-open, whichever is sooner. Please see our FAQs around works that are commercially available in digital format here.

  2. These temporary extent limits apply to print books only, and specifically exclude anthologies, plays or poetry.

  3. The changes to licence terms are effective to 30 June 2020. After that date the Licence Terms will revert to the original terms and the copying limit will revert to 10%.
  4. All usage will be monitored through the DCS or other approved workflow system provider and all extracts uploaded under this special provision must be removed from the DCS or equivalent system once these emergency terms no longer apply or by 30 June 2020 at the latest.
  5. Copying under these temporary arrangements should not substitute for the purchase of original content, including a digital edition of the same book where this is available.

List of participating publishers (132 opt-ins)

Anness Publishing

Archbishops Council

Architectural Technology Services Limited

Archive Publishing

Association for Family Therapy Limited

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation Limited

BioScientifica Limited

Bloomsbury Academic and Professional

Bloomsbury Adult Publishing

Bloomsbury Childrens and Educational

Bloomsbury Information Limited

Boydell and Brewer Limited

Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society

Bristol University Press

British Psychological Society

British School at Athens

Burlington Magazine Publications Limited


Cambridge Philological Society

Cambridge University Press

Capstone Global Library Limited

Cengage Learning EMEA Limited

Colourpoint Creative Limited

Crown House Publishing Limited

Design Council

Dunedin Academic Press Limited

Eland Publishing Limited

Elsevier Books Limited

Emerald Publishing Limited

Equality and Human Rights Commission

European Respiratory Society Journals Limited

Evangelical Press

Field Studies Council Limited

Francis Cairns (Publications) Limited

Geological Society of London

Greenwich Exchange Limited

Group for Education in Museums

Hachette Childrens Group 

Hall and Stott Publishing Limited

Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society


Hawthorn Press Limited

Headline Publishing Group Limited

Hodder and Stoughton Educational Limited

Hodder and Stoughton Limited

Hymns Ancient and Modern Limited

Immediate Media Company Limited

Indexreach Limited

Infinite Ideas Limited

IOP Publishing Limited

Jessica Kingsley Publishers Limited

JMD Media Limited

JNCC Support Co

John Libbey Publishing Limited

John Wiley and Sons Limited

Kevin Mayhew Limited

Key Publishing Limited

Kings College London

Kings Fund

Kirwin Maclean Associates Limited

Kogan Page Limited

Lantern Publishing Limited

Lion Hudson Limited

Little Brown Book Group Limited

Liverpool University Press

LSA Publications

Mac Keith Press Limited

Manchester University Press

Mathematical Association

McGraw-Hill Education (UK) Limited

Methodist Church in Great Britain

MIT Press Limited

Modern Humanities Research Association

Nick Hern Books Limited

Northamptonshire Archaeological Society

O'Reilly UK Limited

Orion Publishing Group Limited

Oxbow Books Limited

Oxford Publishing Limited (EDUK)

Oxford University Press (Academic)

Oxford University Press (ELT)

Pearson Education Limited

Pen and Sword Books Limited

Philosophy Now

Phoenix Publishing House Limited

Pluto Books Limited

Poetry Wales Press Limited

Portland Press Limited 

Practical Action Publishing Limited

Quercus Publishing Limited

RCN Publishing Company Limited

Reed Business Information Limited

Regional Furniture Society

RM Education Limited             

Royal Numismatic Society

Royal Society of Chemistry

Russell House Publishing Limited

Sage Publications India Pvt Limited

Sage Publications Limited

School Library Association Limited

School of Advanced Study

Scion Publishing Limited


Simon and Schuster (UK) Limited

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland


Springer Nature (Red Globe Press)

Springer Nature BV (Nature)

Springer Nature BV (Palgrave Scholarly)

Springer Nature BV (Springer)

Springer Nature Limited (Macmillan Education)

Straightforward Company Limited

Tarquin Publications Limited

Taylor and Francis (Books) Limited

Triarchy Press Limited

Tufnell Press

Tyndale House Limited

United Kingdom Literacy Association

University of California Press

University of Hull Press

University of London

University of Nottingham

University of Reading

University of Strathclyde

University Press of Colorado

Utah State University Press

Wallflower Press

Watts Writers Limited

White Horse Press

WIT Press Limited

Wolters Kluwer Health (P&E) Limited

Worth Publishing Limited


A Note from David Anderson-Evans, Chair of UUK/Guild HE Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee (CNAC)

The coronavirus pandemic presented higher education institutions in the UK with an unprecedented challenge if teaching learning and research were to continue during an indeterminate period of closures and self-isolation. The UUK/Guild HE Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee (CNAC) asked the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) if it could adjust the terms of its higher education licence on a temporary basis to enhance the provision of online learning that was necessary to meet that challenge by increasing access to learning resources. Through its Head of Rights and Licensing, James Bennett, the CLAs response was extremely positive. Following extensive consultation with rights holders and with the support of its members and educational publishers in particular, the CLA has provided a package of relaxations to key terms in the licence the details of which are now available on its website. These measures will be of considerable assistance to HEIs at this time. On their behalf the CNAC wishes to thank the CLA, rights holders, its members and education publishers for their understanding and willingness to provide this support''

licence documents

See higher education licence support documents