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Copyright

Explaining aspects of copyright to be aware of when studying, lecturing or undertaking research. Please note that information on these pages is for guidance only: it does not constitute formal legal advice.

Newspapers

 
City has a licence with the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA). This permits members of City to distribute copies of newspaper articles
  • to students for their educational and instructional purposes and
  • to members of staff to use "internally" (within City).
The NLA website gives a full list of newspaper titles covered by this licence. Some specialist titles (like Investor's Chronicle Money Management for example) are listed on page one of the list. There is a separate list of magazines covered by the licence.
A summary of what is permissible for different types of newspapers can be found below. Note that News UK (formerly News International) titles and the Financial Times are not covered by the NLA Licence, and have their own terms and conditions..

Photocopying

It is permissible to photocopy from the hard copy versions of all those UK national, UK regional and international newspapers on the NLA list.

Digital copying from databases

Our NLA Licence does not authorise distribution of material which has been obtained from database providers, for example:

Scanning

It is permissible to scan from hard copy versions of most national, UK regional and international newspapers on the NLA list but there are some notable exceptions, namely the Financial Times (where you need to obtain direct permission) and News International (NI) titles: the Times, Sunday Times, Sun and Sunday Sun. Scans from NI titles may be used in the form of e-clips provided by a press cuttings agency.

Digital copying from websites

This covers emailing to students, copying and pasting into to Moodle, linking and printing. Generally this is permitted except for the Financial Times (where you need to obtain direct permission) and News International (NI) titles: the Times, Sunday Times, Sun and Sunday Sun. Scans from NI titles may be used in the form of online clips provided by a press cuttings agency.

Summary

The table below summarises what is permitted in terms of copying from newspapers:

REMINDER: Copying should be either for students, for educational and instructional purposes, or for members of staff for internal use within City.

Type of newspapers (but note the exceptions in the box below) May I share photocopied newspaper articles? May I share scanned newspaper articles? May I share links to newspaper websites? May I share digital copies from newspaper websites? *
UK regional newspapers - see list
  Yes, no more than 250 copies of one article
Yes Yes Yes, but only to City students for educational purposes
UK national newspapers - see list
  Yes, no more than 250 copies of one article
Yes Yes Yes, but only to City students for educational purposes
Non-UK newspapers - see list
  Yes, no more than 250 copies of one article
Yes Yes Yes, but only to City students for educational purposes
Certain specialist publications are also included under this Licence - see page one of the list - as well as some "magazines".
  Yes, no more than 250 copies of one article
Yes Yes Yes, but only to City students for educational purposes

 

Image credit

'Newspapers (Tehran)' by birdfarm (CC BY-NC 2.0) Accessed from Flickr 09/07/2015