CLA launches new time-saving permissions service for universities


CLA (The Copyright Licensing Agency) is launching a new service to allow universities to buy rights instantly online

This is the first time that universities have been able to purchase additional rights from CLA immediately and it is expected to save them thousands of hours each year on administration.

The new ‘Second Extract Permissions Service’ enables universities to buy rights instantly when they need to copy more than is allowed under the CLA Higher Education Licence.

A university with the licence can currently copy a limited extract from a published work - for example a single chapter or 5% of the whole text. Until now, if a university wanted to use more content they would contact the publisher or another agent to purchase permission, which can be a time-consuming process. The new Second Extract Permissions Service will speed up the process and reduce administration costs.

Over 100 major publishers are signed up to the service - representing the majority of the millions of pages copied each year in higher education.

Some universities are using a beta version but all are invited to pre-register now online ahead of an August rollout at:

James Bennett, CLA’s Head of Development said:

“The new Second Extract Permissions Service is the first of its kind and simplifies the whole process for the user, saving them time and eliminating unnecessary administration. This launch is part of our ongoing strategy to work closely with our customers and rightsholders to simplify copyright and improve access to content. It demonstrates how CLA is reducing red tape and enabling users to get the content they want, when they want.”