Why a copying licence is required
Books, magazines, newspapers, photographs, sheet music, databases, research reports and other publications are protected by the Copyright Act. You need the copyright holder’s authorisation to copy or distribute and store them in digital format.
Licences that enable limited copying of works and printed publications can be acquired from us. Our copying licence enables various ways of using copyrighted works in teaching and research as well as within organisations.
Our copying licences are based on authorisations acquired from copyright holders, bilateral agreements entered into with foreign copyright organisations and the approval decision made by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture in accordance with section 26 of the Copyright Act.
How can I acquire a copying licence?
The Finnish National Agency for Education has acquired copying licences that are used in pre-schools, basic education, upper secondary schools, free initial vocational education leading to a qualification, music schools that receive government subsidy and organisations in the state administration in Finland.
Universities Finland UNIFI and The Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Arene have acquired centralised copying licences for all universities and higher education institutions in Finland.
Other educational institutions, education service providers, companies and organisations can acquire copying licences directly from us.
Our licences and prices are based on studies
We perform regular studies on the amount and content of copying in different sectors. Our customers can also report the content of digital copies they have produced in our Reporting service. We define the appropriate sum of the copyright remuneration based on these studies and reports, and distribute the remunerations to authors and publishers.
More information about our copying licence can be found on our website and by contacting our customer service.