Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014

Exception to Copyright Infringement for Disabled Persons

There are a number of exceptions to copyright infringement that allow particular users to access, create or distribute copies of protected works. One of these relates to disabled users. The below information is taken from the guidance provided by the UK Intellectual Property Office, regarding the changes to the law introduced by The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014, which amended The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and repealed the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002.

“Individuals, educational establishments and not-for-profit organisations” are able to reproduce “all types of copyright-protected content in accessible formats… without purchasing a licence, as long as a copy is not already commercially available in an accessible format.”

“anyone who has an impairment that prevents them accessing copyright works will be able to benefit from the exception, not just visually-impaired people.”

Schools, Colleges, Universities and Specialist Producers

Educational organisation are able to download Items from UK education collection as detailed below. The term “Specialist Producers” applies to people who support print-disabled learners, but do not work in the relevant school with the learners they support (this may apply to those working in local education authorities for example).

Downloading Items for print-disabled learners:

  • You can download all Items on UK education collection
  • Your use is permitted under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014
  • From 1 June 2014, you no longer require a CLA Schools Licence, CLA FE/HE Licence or CLA Print Disability Licence to access the Items on UK education collection 
  • If you hold a Licence granted before 1 June 2014: (a) if your Licence grants wider permissions than the new law, then your Licence will be unaffected, (b) if the new law lets you do more that your licence, then you can rely on the new law.

Not-for-profit accessible format producers

  • You can download all Items on UK education collection 
  • Your use is permitted under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014
  • From 1 June 2014, you no longer require a CLA Schools Licence, CLA FE/HE Licence or CLA Print Disability Licence to access the Items on Load2Learn
  • If you hold a Copyright Licence granted before 1 June 2014:(a) if your Licence grants wider permissions than the new law, then your Licence will be unaffected, (b)if the new law lets you do more that your licence, then you can rely on the new law.

Sighted parents/guardians

Sighted parents/guardians who are supporting print-disabled learners with homework or home schooling are able to access Items on UK education collection once they have been invited to join an educational organisation's membership group.

Downloading Items for supporting your print-disabled child:

  • You can download all Items on UK education collection 
  • Your use is permitted under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014

Print-disabled parents/guardians

Print-disabled parents/guardians who are supporting learners with homework or home schooling are able to access Items on UK education collection once they have been invited to join an educational organisation's membership group.

  • The Items downloaded are for use by the print-disabled parents/guardians and not the learner.

Downloading Items to support learners:

  • You can download all Items on UK education collection 
  • Your use is permitted under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014

Print-disabled learners

Print-disabled learners are permitted to access Items on UK education collection  once they have been invited to join an educational organisation's membership group.

  • You can download all Items on UK education collection 
  • Your use is permitted under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014