Give schools, colleges, universities and other educational establishments a blanket exemption from copyright restrictions for material used in teaching.

Why is this idea important?

Restrictions on copyright prevent students from receiving the best possible education.

Although Copyright Licensing Agreements are available from the CLA, these impose restrictions that inhibit teaching. The licences only apply to material published in certain countries, which means that academics are forced to consider the country of origin of teaching resources, rather than providing students with material based solely on academic merit.

Existing licences also place restrictions on who can access material, e.g. restricting some electronic resources to students who are registered on particular courses. This can have no positive effect on revenue for authors, because multiple academics at the same institution can each individually make use of the same material using the same licence; but the restriction prevents course material from being made available to all students at an institution.

Students are therefore not able to take advantage of material from related courses; unnecessarily constraining them to think of their subjects in terms defined by administrative convenience instead of taking a broader view which would encourage the development of more independent learners. Students are also prevented from accessing material that they may have encountered previously in their studies; thus making it harder for them to revisit topics when they later discover a need to understand earlier material in greater depth to help them cope with more advanced studies.

Copyright restrictions prevent students from receiving the best possible education; this is not in the best interest of our society.

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