CLA & MPLC fees

Covid-19 update on Copyright Licensing Agency fees for English UK member centres

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have agreed to a 75% reduction for member centres in 2020, acknowledging the huge reduction in student week figures this year.

Save on copying and film licences

English UK member centres can save money by joining the English UK schemes for the payment of fees to the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and the Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC). Our payment schemes enable members to receive a large discount on copying licences (required if you copy and reuse content from print and digital publications) and a 16% discount on film licences (required if you show films intended for home use).

For more details or to join the license fee payment scheme contact the membership team.


Copyright Licensing Agency licences

Organisations, buinesses and educational establishment such as English language teaching centres wishing to make copies of content protected by copyright must, under copyright law, have a licence from the CLA. If they do not hold a licence they must ensure that no material protected by copyright is copied, shared or reused. The licence provides annual blanket permissions to copy and reuse content from both print and digital publications.

Under the English UK payment scheme the CLA licence fee is based on member centres' student week data. In a normal year, English UK collects these fees on behalf of the CLA in return for a significant (50%+) discount on the standard CLA rate of £0.84 per student week rate. In 2020 the discounted member rate was £0.367* per student week.

*September update: As we now have robust data pointing to the huge reduction in student week figures in 2020 when compared to 2019, we have negiotated a further one-off additional discount for 2020 of 75% on the English UK rate of £0.367 per student week. This one-off additional discount is due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the UK ELT industry.

If your centre did not operate in 2020 and now feel you have not had need for a licence, you have the option of cancelling your renewal. You should put this in writing to Naadiya Rawat before Monday 5 October 2020, stating that you understand the consequences of committing copyright infringement

The CLA licence for education

CLA Licence Video

Motion Picture Licensing Company licences

English language teaching centres which show copyright films bought for home use to a wider audience, such as a group of students at a social programme film night, must have this licence. It covers formats including DVD, Blu-ray, internet streaming and videocassette.

English UK has arranged a bulk licence for payment of MPLC fees, which includes a discount in recognition of our administrative, coordinating and negotiating role.

For 2020, English UK members pay £210.43 + VAT per accredited centre, a saving of almost 20% on the full fee. You can join at any time during the year.

  • English UK members open for less than 6 months during the year benefit from a Seasonal Operators Licence for £116.46 + VAT per year.
  • English UK members may also join the licence on a pro rata basis at any time during the year. Please note that all members currently licensed directly with MPLC will be referred to English UK at the time of their renewal.

The licence covers the public performance of pre-recorded DVD/Blu-ray media or downloads distributed by MPLC affiliated producers.

For further information about the members' MPLC licence visit or contact the membership team.