What can be copied?

Whatever type of organisation you are, a CLA licence makes it easier to access, copy and use content without the risk of infringing copyright.

Here is a summary of the main permissions included in our licences:

All our licences permit the copying from books, trade and consumer magazines, journals and other periodicals plus cuttings and documents supplied by third parties

Many of our licences also allow the copying and re-use of content from digital publications

International agreements mean that licence holders can copy from books, journals and magazines published in the UK and over 30 other territories including the USA, Canada, Australia and all the major European countries  

As well as photocopying, scanning and digital re-use, our licences also allow internal emailing of copies and limited storage on a secure intranet

Copies can be made of up to a chapter, entire article or 5% of the publication, whichever is the greater

Photographs, illustrations, diagrams or charts may also be copied where they are included in the body of the extract or article



If you are looking to check if you can copy from a particular publication under the terms of your CLA licence, the quickest and simplest way to find out is via our Check Permissions search tool. It searches our database and returns results in seconds!



Some categories of published works are not covered by any of CLA's licences and these include:

  • printed music (including the words)*
  • maps and charts
  • newspapers
  • workbooks, workcards or assignment sheets 
  • In addition to this there are works that are expressly excluded by the copyright owners (see Check Permissions search tool to search by title)

UK publications

Although our licences permit copying from most UK titles there are certain exceptions. To see exclusions from any specific licence please check the publication at title level using our Check Permissions search tool

Foreign Publications

Current agreements permit CLA licensees to copy titles published in more than 30 countries outside the United Kingdom. Please see the list of International Territories for details.


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