Kiwi schools have important obligations under copyright law. If your school needs a simple, affordable copyright compliance solution, our licence is here to help.
If your teaching materials include content from books, journals, magazines or newspapers then this copyright licence is here to make your work much easier. For less than the cost of one book per student, you can simplify your copyright law compliance.
Here's an overview of what's covered under this licence.
What material can you copy?
- Material that originates from a printed book, journal or magazine (sometimes called hard copies)
- A scanned or digital copy of an original printed version
- Overseas and local newspapers (digital and print content)
How much can you copy?
- Up to 10% or one chapter of a book (whichever is greater, including pictures and graphs)
- 15 pages from books of short stories and poetry
- Complete magazine and journal articles (one per issue, more if on the same subject)
- Overseas and local newspaper articles (five per issue, from online or hard copy)
How can you share this material with students?
- Printed class hand-outs and compiled worksheets
- Interactive whiteboards and screens
- Password-protected class webpages, including learning management and reading list software
Is your school currently licensed?
Use the table below to search for your school and confirm if they hold a current print licence.
(Current print licences are valid from 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022).
If you can't find your school name, we encourage you to get in touch with the NZ School Trustees Association and Get Licensed.
Simplify your copyright law compliance
This copyright licence provides comprehensive permission to re-use printed material sourced from books, textbooks, journals, magazines, newspapers and periodicals.
Compliance with the law: staff will no longer need to obtain permission from each publisher. No need to renew permission when licences expire, or to manage complicated multiple licences. And no need to remove material because permission to copy can’t be obtained.
Risk management: as a licence-holder, your school will be indemnified against legal action by owners of material included in the licence. Licence-holders have access to free copyright education material and our help-desk.
Support authors and publishers: licence fees fund authors and publishers - including many local creators - to continue to produce information you need to teach your students.
Pricing and licence period
Pricing is based on your number of EFTS (Equivalent Full Time Students), making copyright compliance a predictable fixed cost.
Annual Fee (2021 rates):
$1.75 per primary student + gst
$3.50 per secondary student + gst
These copyright licences are issued through the New Zealand Trustees Association (NZSTA), as we work alongside OneMusic and Screenrights to make licensing easier for schools. Check out the 'Read More' section on getlicensed.co.nz for more information.
The Primary and Secondary Schools Licence can be activated for the first time at any point throughout the year, and is issued for the period 1 July to 30 June. Renewed in the middle of the year, all you need to do is update your student numbers and NZSTA will take care of the rest.
A copyright licence that meets your needs.
Did you know that 87% of schools rely on printed hand-outs in the classroom? Our copyright licence is designed to meet the needs of today's teachers and lets you focus on your students, not compliance.
- Free e-learning module for staff and students. In just 30 to 40 minutes you’ll gain an effective, practical grounding in copyright, or use it in professional development, new staff induction, or risk management exercises.
- Knowledge base freely available for all staff and secondary school students. If you have a curly question, just consult our
Our second extract facility permits further copying beyond normal licence restrictions, and full copying of out-of-print works.
- Free training support. Check out our resources page to download copyright awareness material or contact our Business Development Manager to discuss webinar and live copyright education seminars.
- To view the full terms and conditions of this licence, you can read our Schools Licensing Agreement here.
How does the licence help me?
If you’re a teacher, the licence lets you focus on delivering a high-quality education to your students while also minimizing your administrative burden. The licence opens up a world of high-quality published material, without having to obtain, manage, and maintain compliance with permissions from publishers of every item used in your course materials.
Heads of Department
If part of your role is compliance administration, the licence helps you to keep your school compliant with its legal obligations. The licence helps by removing a wide range of compliance obligations. It reduces or eliminates altogether risks of teaching staff being sufficiently informed of copyright obligations, correctly obtaining, complying with, correctly recording, and renewing large quantities of individual permissions, as well as budgeting and payment of fees for large quantities of permissions. There’s even a legal indemnification! Copyright Licensing provides a range of education and compliance resources, and support from knowledgeable, responsive staff.
If you’re responsible for making purchasing decisions, the licence provides a comprehensive, well-established, and cost-efficient solution to copyright’s compliance risk and administrative overhead. The license helps by covering a broad range of copyright material, simple comprehensive terms, with a predictable EFTS-based fee structure.
If you’re a school principal, the licence provides an effective, low cost compliance solution that lets administrators focus on your school’s goals. The licence helps through its broad scope and predictable cost structure, mitigating the risk of non-compliance with otherwise complex legal obligations.
What isn't included in the licence?
Copyright applies to published material including books, journals, newspapers, magazines, art and music - even when the copyright symbol © is not displayed. Generally, if your copying falls outside of the guidelines, you need to gain advanced permission from the Rightsholder to copy and share their material.
Schools use and copy from a wide variety of learning resources, some of which come with permission to copy (e.g. Blackline Masters) and others (e.g workbooks) are published for use on a one-book-per-student basis.
Our various licences enable organisations that have licensed with us to copy and share much more than is available under the Copyright Act. Some materials, including workbooks are excluded from the licence and you can find out more here >>
Find out more
For in-depth answers for all your questions, visit our Knowledge Base