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Copyright Guidance

If you have any Copyright Queries please get in touch by email ( or  telephone (020 7393 1500)

Understanding copyright law, knowing how to clear the rights in existing content for inclusion in courses and student productions and being able, with confidence, to make legal use of copyrighted works in the course of teaching and learning, is a significant challenge.

The Copyright Guidance pages from Learning on Screen aim to help staff and students at universities, colleges and schools throughout the UK who are having to face up to these issues regularly as they plan to make use of third party content and publish, or re-publish, online courseware delivered through virtual learning environments that also incorporates material generated by third parties, raising several crucial issues

Along with details of our Copyright training courses and publications, we have also published our Media Legislation Database that provides a detailed guide to some of the most recent publications from broadcasters, government and pressure groups relating to education and media.

The current exceptions to copyright for education and research were established under the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act – to read the legislation in full, visit:

Media Legislation

MLRThe output of legislative bodies, broadcasters and pressure groups is being collated in this new digital database.

Copyright FAQ

500px-Control_copyright_icon.svg A growing list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to Copyright and media in UK education.

2014 Statutory Instruments

In 2014 new Statutory Instruments expanded the scope of the 1988 Act


Copyright Resources Gateway

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A guide to online resources relating to Copyright and Licensing.