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Educational Recording Agency Licensing Scheme
Hertfordshire schools should be aware that they are covered by the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licensing Scheme which authorises licensed educational establishments to record certain television and radio programmes for reference and repeated use. It is important that Hertfordshire schools know what is, and what is not covered by this licence.
With the emergence of Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) schools are increasingly wanting to make digital recordings available online so that they can be accessed from beyond the school premises. Schools must be aware that this is not covered by the terms of the ERA licence. If schools wish to make recordings available in this way then they must purchase the ERA Plus licence, as the blanket Hertfordshire licence is for the standard ERA only.
Below is a summary of what is covered. For full details please refer to the ERA website.
The ERA Plus licence extends the terms of the standard ERA licence so that licensed ERA recordings may be accessed by students and teachers online from outside the school premises (for example through the Learning Platform) but only within the UK. The ERA Plus is currently not centrally funded. Please contact Lesley Scales, Hertfordshire Contract Management Services and confirm in writing if your school requires a licence.
Full details on both the ERA and ERA Plus licences, including terms and conditions and pricing can be found at the ERA website. Please contact Lesley Scales for details of ERA Plus pricing, as these licences should be purchased through Hertfordshire County Council:
You may download the ERA’s information booklet here from their web site.
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