About the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and licences for schools

CEFM provide an advisory service linked to application of the copyright licensing scheme operated by ERA.

CEFM also acts as agent for ERA for the issue of ERA Licences to schools in England, Wales and Scotland.

ERA Licences are linked to non-commercial educational use of the broadcast output of ERA members. The ERA Licence also covers access to, and use of, a number of on-demand services (where the terms and conditions link with ERA Licences).

The ERA Licensing Scheme is operated against statutory provisions included in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended). (The specific provisions have been amended with effect from 1 June 2014 by The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014 No. 1372). These Regulations made a number of changes to the scope of S 35 and paragraph 6 Schedule 2 CDPA. However, the law continues to provide that the non-commercial educational uses relevant to these provisions are not permitted, if or to the extent that licences are available authorising the acts in question.

The ERA Licence covers these acts.

Payment for the ERA Licence may have been made on behalf of funded schools in England by the Department for Education and within Wales and Scotland via Local Authorities.

Please contact CEFM is you wish to check the status of your ERA Licence or have questions concerning what the ERA Licence covers and how it supports the use of broadcast output within the school.

Information about ERA and the details of the ERA Licence can be found at www.era.org.uk.

If you have any questions regarding the scope of the ERA licence after reading the Frequently Asked Questions page on the ERA website, please contact the CEFM helpline to discuss your school’s individual requirements.