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Copyright: Irish Copyright Licensing Agency License

IT Carlow Library's guide to copyright

Irish Copyright Licensing Agency



The Irish Copyright Licensing Agency (ICLA) represents Ireland’s authors, publishers and visual creators to license the use of their copyright works in return for just compensation. 

ICLA licenses cover a wide range of both Irish and overseas publications. However, some categories of works and some individual works are not covered by some of their licenses, these are found in the excluded Irish works list.

ICLA Licence Information

Terms & Conditions of the Higher Education license can be found here:

What is the ICLA?

The Irish Copyright Licensing Agency (ICLA) is a licensing body under part 149 of the Copyright Act 2000, where a licensing agency is defined as a body whose main objective is the granting of licenses that allow the undertaking of action that otherwise would be prohibited under copyright law.

The ICLA's role is to provide, for a fee, licenses to schools, business, institutions etc. to use copyrighted work in a greater way than could be done otherwise.

What can you copy?


10% or one chapter from a book, if it does not exceed the 10% threshold of the book as a whole. Full works, for example, full text of a book can not be taken and photocopied, this applies only to one work on one course of study. 

In the case of short stories and poems, the whole work can be copied as long as it is below 10 pages. 

However it must be noted that this only applies to material that the Institute owns, either through owning a copy of the item or a subscription to a database that holds the item. 


In the case of a journal article or periodical online or offline you may copy the full text of one article but only one article from that particular issue of the journal or periodical. 

It does not apply to online/website material. 


You can copy illustrations that are in an article or work you have copied using the license before without providing the text.