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Drop the Dead Licence* Preparing your institution for a CLA-free future

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Argyll Court

Castle Business Park

Stirling

FK9 4TY

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The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) licence provides blanket permissions to copy and reuse content from print and digital publications of authors and publishers who have registered with them. The annual fee for the licence can run into the tens of thousands (depending on the size of the college).

In 2016, Dundee & Angus College decided to drop their CLA licence and rely on openly available content and legal 'exceptions' to access copyrighted material. The move was supported by an active campaign to inform staff and students, as well as bespoke digital training resources.

The College saved £35,000 in licence fees.

In 2017, Borders College took the decision to drop the CLA licence, and more set to follow. CDN is hosting this event to share colleges' experiences with the sector and to make available resources to support those considering the move to a CLA-free future.

Features of the event:

- Hear from the colleges who have dropped the CLA licence, why they made the decision, how they prepared staff, and in the case of Dundee & Angus, the result;
- Launch of free digital training material to support a CLA-free move;
- SMT briefing papers on copyright and a CLA-free strategy.


* Our title is a reference to the C4 sitcom ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’, it’s not to suggest that the CLA licence is a donkey (or dead), rather a humorous reference to something that is discarded, having been deemed not to be newsworthy (or necessary) at the last moment.

I know, we really need to work on our titles … but donkeys are so cute, we just couldn’t resist.


two smiling donkeys


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