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COPYRIGHT - THE LAWS HAVE CHANGED!
OCTOBER 2014 - The UK Laws about Copyright Have Changed Amendments to UK Copyright law including significant changes for schools came into force on 1st June 2014 and 1st October. The Exceptions for Education have been widened and now cover: all types of media and apply to all types of digital…
Copyright Infringement
The Government introduces 'The Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme’ (aka 'The Creative Content UK Alert Programme' ).  Basically an 'education programme' of sending letters to pointing out the error of their ways and suggesting how they might legitimately get (=buy) 'stuff'. The main concerns of copyright holders are with mass downloading…
Open Government Licence
The Open Government Licence or OGL is designed to encourage public sector information holders (not personal data of course) to make their information available for use and re-use without indivduals or orginisations, including schools, having to ask for permission. The OGL is developed from the Tim Berners-Lee backed 'Open Data' initiative.…
EDUCATION LICENCES FOR SCHOOLS
A new generation of education licences - often called 'blanket" licences - such as CLA and  ERA licences are being made available to schools. They have been developed to fit with the forthcoming changes to Copyright Exceptions for Education. DFE foots the bill! In England the DFE has arranged to pay the…