CLA launches new Further Education website
The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), which provides the education sector with access to millions of print and digital books, journals, magazines and websites, has today launched a new Further Education (FE) website fe.cla.co.uk
The new website will be a vital resource for FE staff – from teaching staff to information managers. The website provides information to support them when using print and digital content in teaching and learning.
Read the full Press Release (pdf)
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013. According to the BIS press release its provisions will:
“…modernise the UK’s copyright regime to promote innovation in the design industry, encouraging investment in new products while strengthening copyright protections. Creating a level playing field for collecting societies and the thousands of small businesses and organisations who deal with them by strengthening the existing regulatory regime. For the first time orphan works will be licensed for use; these are copyrighted works for which the owner of the copyright is unknown or can’t be found. There will also be a system for extended collective licensing of copyright works”.
Charles Clark Memorial Lecture 2013 delivered by Richard Hooper CBE
16 April 2013
This year's lecture, "Copyright licensing: Fit for purpose for the digital age" was delivered by Richard Hooper CBE, author of the Copyright Works report and Chair of the Copyright Hub Launch Group on Tuesday 16 April at the London Book Fair.
CLA legal action forces Brighton and Hove City Council to take copyright licence
11 April 2013
Following legal action from The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), one of Britain's largest city councils has accepted that it needs a copyright licence.
LCC launches new Framework to improve legal access to online content
8 April 2013
A unique collaboration between different parts of the global creative industry, under the umbrella of the Linked Content Coalition (LCC), has resulted in the creation of an innovative technical Framework to make it possible to manage and access online rights information seamlessly across all types of media and content, whether text, image, sound or audio-visual.
Mark Bide to be independent Chair of the Publishers Licensing Society
4 April 2013
The PLS Board has appointed Mark Bide to be its independent Chair with effect from 1 June 2013.
Government gives £150,000 funding to kick-start Copyright Hub
25 March 2013
Minister for Intellectual Property, Lord Younger announced £150,000 of funding toward creating the Copyright Hub.
New tools to assist publishers in the management of rights information
From early March 2013 publishers will have new tools to help upload and manage repertoire (title data) in their PLSe account.
Text Mining in Scholarly Publishing
The Publishing Research Consortium (PRC) has produced a very useful and conscise Guide to Text Mining in Scholary Publishing.
Stationers and UCL in joint copyright research initiative for communications and content industries
The Stationers’ Company has established a three-year post-graduate research studentship at University College London (UCL) to study the research-based commercial and economic case for copyright.
Government announces final part of its response on copyright reforms
The Government has published the final part of its response to its Copyright Consultation: “Modernising Copyright: a modern, robust and flexible framework” on Thursday 20 December 2012.
The response sets out Government decisions copyright reform and also includes proposal both to extend existing exceptions ( education, quotation and news reporting, research and private study, preservation, disabilities, and public administration and reporting) and introducing new exception (private copying, parody, and text and data mining).
Creative industries welcome Government support for the Copyright Hub
Representatives of the publishing, music, images, audio-visual and other creative sectors involved in the implementation of the Copyright Hub have welcomed Government support for the initiative, which was recommended by Richard Hooper in his report on streamlining copyright licensing for the digital age.
Read the Press Release from the Copyright Licensing Coordination Office (CLCO) (pdf)
Find out more about the Copyright Hub on the new Copyright Licensing Steering Group (CLSG) website
Schools to benefit from central funding for copyright licences
Schools are set to benefit after the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and the Department for Education (DfE) sign a three-year deal on the copyright licensing for schools. From April 2013, the Department will manage a national CLA Schools Licence for all state maintained schools in England.
Read the press release on the CLA website
Find out more about the Education licence
BCC launches new framework for Collective Management Organisations
At a reception at the Supreme Court on 5 December, the British Copyright Council (BCC) launched a new industry leading policy framework which provides Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) with a set of principles for individual Codes of Conduct.
PLS Code of Conduct launched
Our Code of Conduct was sent to all Mandating publishers in November 2012. The Code explains what PLS does and how it is organised. It also sets out the service levels that you can expect from PLS and the procedure for making a complaint and seeking redress if you consider that we have fallen short of those standards.
This is the first Code we have ever published. It incorporates the Principles for Collective Management Organisations’ Codes of Conduct endorsed by the British Copyright Council and aims to align with HMG’s Minimum Standards for UK Collecting Societies published at the end of October.
Download PLS Code of Conduct (pdf)
Steps being taken by creative industries to implement Copyright Hub
PLS's Chief Executive, Sarah Faulder, has commented on the steps being taken by the creative industries to implement Richard Hooper’s recommendations in his report, Copyright Works, to streamline copyright licensing for the digital age.
Free electronic access to publications for the REF 2014: Excellent progress made by PLS working together with publishers
Publishers in the UK and abroad have shown their support for the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF), the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities and colleges, by agreeing to provide free electronic access to their journals and conference proceedings for the expert panels undertaking the assessment.
The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) has secured the permission and means of technical access from each of the hundreds of publishers concerned, so acting as the enabling link between publishers and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) who manage the REF on behalf of the UK’s four higher education funding bodies. .
PLS welcomes Hooper’s latest report on the Digital Copyright Exchange
The PLS welcomes Richard Hooper’s focused and worthwhile vision in his report published today, Copyright Works, of a multi-faceted copyright hub as a positive step forward towards de-mystifying copyright licensing, making it much easier for rights users to navigate the world of copyright licensing...