Educational Recording Agency Licence (ERA)

We hold an Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licence which allows recordings to be made of television, radio and Internet broadcasts for educational purposes.

The ERA is a licensing and collecting agency which represents broadcasters, performers and rights holders, such as BBC, ITV companies, Channel 4 & the Open University. For more information please visit the ERA website on

What the ERA licence allows:

  • The recording of any material broadcast. Recordings made under the licence must be labelled or marked up on the case and the disc itself with the following:

  • Date when the recording was made / Name of the broadcaster / Programme title / The following wording needs to accompany all the recordings- 'This recording is to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA  Licence.'

  • Making clips available (although they still need the ERA licence message)

  • Embedding of the recorded material (or section(s) of it) in educational material, such as PowerPoint presentations

  • Record parts of programmes (labelling requirements still apply)

  • The possession of material recorded under the licence indefinitely while a licence is held

  • Us to make digitally recorded material available to students off campus but within the UK via a streaming server which can be accessed via the Library catalogue

  • The University to subscribe to Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

What the ERA Licence does NOT permit:

  • The recording of material provided on demand (i.e. in the form of podcasts or iPlayer files – this is not broadcast material)

  • Copying or recording of commercial videotapes or DVDs or any other form of recording bought in from shops or suppliers

  • Viewing outside the UK

  • Adding to, manipulating or changing the material (no re-editing, changing the sound-track, dubbing, adding sub-titles, etc.

  • Removal of the credits – these are an integral part of the broadcast

  • Showing of the recorded material to the general public, it must be for educational use only

  • Charging a fee for viewing the material