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Copyright in the higher education sector

The Higher Education Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee: terms of reference and membership

In anticipation of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, Universities UK and GuildHE established a copyright working group, now called the Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee (CNAC), responsible for all copyright matters that have implications for the higher education sector. It negotiates copyright licences on behalf of the sector if they are considered to be in the best interests of the sector. This includes monitoring their implementation, and raising issues with licensing bodies about any new products or services that they may wish to initiate that are related to copyright and likely to affect the sector.

The CNAC also advises UUK and GuildHE on UK/EU legislative and other initiatives and if required prepares responses to them on their behalf. ​​

The CNAC is chaired by David Anderson-Evans. Its current membership, with institutional affiliation, is:​


Individual CNAC members are also members of a large number of copyright related organisations of which a register is maintained for reference.

Licensing coordinators may contact any member of the CNAC about licensing and other copyright issues. All communications are treated in confidence and no references are made to individual names or institutions. Also recommended is joining the closed JISCMail list LIS-COPYSEEK to which list the CNAC sends updates on a periodic basis. To apply visit: JISC - LIS-COPYSEEK

The CNAC currently negotiates copyright licences for the UK higher education sector with the following Copyright Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)

The Educational Recording Agency (ERA)

The Newspaper Licensing Agency Media Access (NLA)

 Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL)


Intellectual Property Office call for evidence: UK Higher education response 2019 (PDF)

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Samuel Roseveare

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