Copyright and schools

We supply Copyright Licences for all independent schools registered with the Department for Education, regardless of whether they are members of IAPS. Further information on what is covered by each licence is available on the DfE website

IAPS acts as the billing agent for the Copyright Licensing Agency and the Motion Picture Licensing Company. We also represent independent schools on the Education Licensing Working Group, whose minutes are available to download.

Other licensing agencies include the Educational Recording Agency (invoiced by CEFM), and the Christian Copyright Licensing Agency

Copyright and Schools explains which licences you need to use copyrighted material. For information on which material is covered by which licence, please refer to this handy guide.

IAPS Copyright billing

We send out a single invoice on 1 April each year on behalf of all the above agencies.

For details of why IAPS is invoicing you and how we calculated your invoice, please read the guidance on the above DfE website link or download the relevant file below.

Please note that schools not covered by the above DfE licence, including independent schools, are required to take out their own licences.

Copyright Licensing Agency



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For information about the CLA licence, including terms and support materials, visit the CLA website.
For information about the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML), including terms and support materials, click here

SPML is proud to present the Shake It Up competition which invites music educators to submit an arrangement they have made under the terms of the SPML for the chance to win cash prizes for their school. Find out more here.

For information about the NLA Media Access Schools Licence, including terms, support materials, and how to set up a Newspapers for Schools account, click here.


Motion Picture Licensing Company  



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For information about the Motion Picture Licence (MPLC), including terms and support materials, visit the MPLC website.

Licences are not valid until payment has been received.

For further information, please email our accounts team, or call 01926 461506.