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The results of the final report for the Feasibility Study into the Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) have been published today and can be downloaded as a PDF

The press notice and other comments, and the report can also be accessed online.

ERA has welcomed preparation of the report and has participated fully in the feasibility study process.

It has given ERA an opportunity to explain to policy makers and interested parties how ERA has expanded the repertoire covered by ERA licences, and how we have expanded the scope of what educational establishments can do under the ERA licences, through developing links with a number of online services.

The Study makes reference to other initiatives we are developing at ERA.

Further information about these will be published shortly.

This comes at an exciting time for ERA. Preparation of the Study has coincided with ERA’s response to the Government’s Consultation on Copyright and options for change to the application of exceptions and limitations to copyright relevant to ERA and its licensing activities. Some of these have already been anticipated through the roll out of the ERA Plus Licence.

In welcoming the publication, John Robinson, Chair of the ERA Board said:-

“We shall continue to work with our members and with the users of the rich resources available to them under ERA licences to make sure that we continue to support and enhance access and use, in effective and cost effective ways, of the wealth of audio and audio visual materials for non-commercial educational use.

We welcome the Study and the way it shows the importance of this work, and why we should continue to move forward with it”.