An ERA licence permits educational establishments to record off-air, and make copies, for non-commercial educational purposes, of programmes broadcast by its members. It permits electronic communication of licensed recordings within an educational establishment and off-site streamed access to recordings by all students in a class or on a course through a secure service such as QOL Sharepoint (from 1 April 2014).
In general, the licence covers scheduled free to air broadcasts on:
- BBC television and radio
- ITV Network services (including ITV2 and ITV3)
- Channel Four, E4, More 4 and Film 4
- Five Television
- National Geographic
- Open University
The current licence now also permits the use of on-demand and interactive services - such as BBC iPlayer, 4 on demand, ITV player, Demand 5 and Clic (S4C).
Extracts, as well as whole programmes, may be recorded and held indefinitely for use at any time. All recordings made under the licence must be labelled as follows:
- Date (when the recording was made)
- Name of the Broadcaster
- Programme Title
- The wording ‘This recording is to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence’
Analog copies of previously recorded material may be transferred into digital formats.
All digital formats, must be preceded by similar information as an opening credit or webpage which must be viewed or listened to before access is permitted.
UK-based registered students may borrow recordings, provided these are for educational use, but we are not allowed to supply recordings to students based overseas.
Recordings may be embedded in PowerPoint presentations as long as the Licence conditions are met.
Records of all material and their sources must be maintained and made available for inspection by ERA.