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App helps copyright understanding

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A new mobile app aims to educate users of copyright works. The new app by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) enables users to scan the ISBN code of a book or magazine to find out whether they may legally copy from it under their CLA licence.

The CLA Title Search app explains how extracts may be used: from sharing them via e-mail to storing them on a company intranet. The initiative is said to have been welcomed by major publishers signed up to CLA’s licensing scheme.

Jen Holton, associate director of global rights at John Wiley & Sons, said: 'Naturally, publishers are concerned that CLA represents their rights and mandates effectively and that end-users respect their copyright. The CLA Title Search app is great news for publishers and end-users as it helps to communicate what can be copied under a CLA licence. End-users will now be able to quickly and easily identify which titles are available to copy.'