Why is a Licence necessary?
Newspapers invest a lot of time and money in creating newspaper content, and copyright law protects them from having this effort stolen. For commercial uses, a paid copyright licence is required, but for teaching purposes a Free Schools Licence is available.
The licence allows schools to legitimately make copies of print newspapers that teachers buy for use in class. It permits you to:
- make photocopies of cuttings from print newspapers & sites
- copy & paste cuttings or links into e-mail or other documents
- receive & view e-mails and documents containing cuttings
- make ad-hoc digital cuttings by scanning newspapers
- include cuttings in study packs or project onto screen
How do I get the free Schools Licence?
It’s simple. Just fill out the Online Application for UK primary and sceondary schools and NLA will send you an active Schools Licence by email if you are eligible.
At the same time, why not also register for Free access to News Library, the online database of printed newspaper articles? It's a great way to reduce time spent copying or scanning articles for use in lessons whilst being compliant with copyright.