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Staffordshire University Copyright Guidance

A guide to best practices with copyright

Further information

The CLA licence covers the photocopying and scanning of most, but not all, UK publications, and a number of US and international publishers. It allows: • Multiple photocopies of limited extracts from copyright protected printed books, journals and magazines • Digital Copies of limited extracts from copyright protected printed books, journals and magazines • Details of excluded UK and US publishers, and included overseas countries, can be found at Copyright Licensing Agency website.

The NLA licence permits the photocopying and scanning of newspaper articles of all national newspapers and around 80% of local newspapers for the purposes of internal management, education and instruction.

The NLA licence allows:
Newspapers covered:
  • Photocopying of up to 250 copies of any article of any newspaper included in the NLA licence for the purposes of education, instruction and internal management
  • Digital scanning of cuttings, for the circulation by email or other electronic means from most NLA newspapers but there are exceptions The NLA licence does not allow:
  • the copying of advertisements, images, illustrations or photographs which may appear alongside an article
  • the copying and circulation of cuttings from NLA newspapers outside of the licensed premises
  • the copying of the whole of any newspaper
  • newspapers excluded from the NLA newspaper list
  • Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard
  • Express, Express on Sunday, Daily Star
  • Financial Times
  • Guardian, Observer
  • Independent, Independent on Sunday
  • Mirror, Sunday Mirror, People
  • Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph
  • Times, Sunday Times, Sun, News of the World
  • and any magazines or supplements "forming part thereof or otherwise issued therewith".
  • Newspapers excluded The Times Literary / Higher Education / Education supplements are not covered by this license


The ERA license provide license schemes to member HE institutions to cover the use of recorded broadcast media in teaching and learning. The ERA License grants the right to record broadcasts for non-commercial educational purposes by making ERA Recordings Only educational establishments, or bodies acting on behalf of educational establishments which hold ERA Licenses will be eligible to take out ERA Plus Licenses.

The open government licence allows you to copy, publish, adapt and use the information commercially and non-commercially. Where possible you must acknowledge the source of the Information by including or linking to any attribution statement specified by the Information Provider(s) and, where possible, provide a link to this licence Open Government Licence.


Creative Commons provides an alternative to conventional copyright protection. It allows people who create content to attach licences to their work, making it explicit that it can be re-used.

Creative Commons helps you publish your work online whilst letting others know exactly what they can and can't do with your work. You keep the copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit, and only on the conditions you specify.

From the Creative Commons website you can search for CC-licensed and public domain content.


British Library Sound Archive

This collection of sound recordings is available to use by staff and students of further and higher education.  Recordings can be downloaded in MP3 format and used in education. 

Internet Archive

This online resources contains all sorts of different multimedia, moving images and sounds.  Most of the content is in the public domain so is free for educational use. 


Moby has made a selection of over 200 tracks from his huge collection of music available for independent and not-for-profit filmmakers and film students.  They are available to license for free using a simple online application system.

Cartoons for the Classroom 

These cartoons can be downloaded for use in teaching. These cartoons cover many of the political events of the 20th Century. 


A community-based free photo site, and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals


Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting.


Everystockphoto searches millions of freely licensed photos, from various sources and presents them in an integrated search.


All photos on Pexels are free for any personal and commercial purpose.

85 Free Stock Photo Resources – How to Use Them

For each free photo resource, the type of Creative Commons license, attribution and date started are listed. There is also a brief description of the website itself.


British Pathe Film Archive

British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world and is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance.

News On Screen

A leading resource for the study of newsreels and cinemagazines

YouTube - Learning Channel

Educational content includes videos from the Institute of Physics, the Natural Histiory Museum, and The Royal Institution.