Risk of copyright infringement
Without permission any individual copying events would constitute an act of copyright infringement unless falling within one of the narrow statutory exceptions to copyright, exposing both the Boards and their employees to the risk of legal action for infringement.
Alternatively, a Board can apply for a CLA licence directly to ensure that employees can copy and share published information with the appropriate copyright permissions enjoyed previously through the central licence. See 'how to apply' below.
Notes about NHSiS advice
CLA has published information in response to the advice issued by the Department of Health for the Scottish Government, warning individual employees and NHSiS Boards that they cannot rely on statutory exceptions to remain copyright compliant. Download to read or print.
We have also published a background document about UK copyright law. Read more.
Information for employees
CLA has produced some detailed FAQ's about what can and cannot be copied to help you assess whether you are at risk of infringement. Download to read or print.
If you become aware of unauthorised copying within your Board, you can report details in confidence to COPYWATCH
How to apply for a licence for your Board
To ensure that your Board can continue to benefit from the coverage afforded by the CLA licence please contact Jim MacNeilage on 0131 272 2711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss licensing options.