The DfE offer a central copyright licence arrangement for Schools and Academies
Schools and Academies have previously been able to purchase copyright licences through the Local Authority blanket licence arrangement. The DfE have entered into a central arrangement for copyright licencing where schools and academies are covered under the centralised arrangements for these licences at no cost to the site.
From 2014-15 the Department manages the copyright licences for all state maintained schools in England that cover print and digital copyright content in books, journals and magazines (Copyright Licensing Agency; CLA); printed music (Schools Printed Music Licence; SPML); licences for copyright content in newspapers and magazines (the Newspaper Licensing Agency media access (NLA) licence); recording and use of copies of radio and television programmes, including from a number of catch-up services (the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) licence) and the showing of films (the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) and Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC) licences).
Over the past year the Department for Education has been working with the music copyright management organisations (CMOs) to simplify the way in which their copyright licences are paid for by schools and academies. From April 2015 we will add to the above list the licences for the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) – payments for performances of covered work; Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) – playing recorded music; the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) – rights to make CDs and DVDs containing copyright music; and Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) – hymns and other Christian music.