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Copying Rules for Pre-schools
Last updated: Oct 24

The reproduction rules for compulsory schools and upper secondary schools also apply to public pre-schools. Independent pre-schools sign agreements with Bonus Copyright Access on the same terms and conditions that apply to public pre-schools.
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Who is allowed to make copies



Staff and children
Staff and children are allowed to make copies and share copyright protected material. Copied material may only be used for educational activities in a child group within the pre-school. You may instruct someone else to make the reproductions.
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What may be reproduced



Swedish and non-Swedish works
Staff and children are allowed to copy texts, images and musical notations from Swedish and non-Swedish works, e.g. from books, teaching materials, newspapers, magazines, periodicals, digital publications, websites and more.
Audio and moving images are not covered
The agreement does not cover the right to copy (record, download etc.) moving images, recorded works, for example, radio and TV-programmes, YouTube clips, films, audio files, recorded music, computer games and computer programmes. This requires separate agreements.
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How you may copy



Analogue and digital reproduction
Staff and children are allowed to copy works digitally and analogue and use the material for educational activities.
Make copies for example by
  • Downloading
  • Printing out
  • Scanning
  • Photocopying
  • Reproducing for slide presentation for educational activities, e.g. PowerPoint
  • Saving copies in digital form, e.g. on the pre-school's closed network, on USB
  • Transferring digital copies, e.g. by email or via the preschool's closed network
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How you may share



Share digital and analogue
Copied material may be shared digitally and analogue between staff and children in a child group within the pre-school, e.g. by email or via the pre-school’s closed network to which only the pre-school's staff, children and the children's guardians have access. The size of the child group may vary but is always limited to the pre-school.
Share for example by
  • Transferring via the pre-school’s closed network
  • Making mailings
  • Projecting and displaying on screen
  • Distributing photocopies and printouts
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How much you may copy and share



Digital – Corresponding to 15 A4 pages
Staff and children may copy and share corresponding to 15 A4 pages from one and the same digital source, e.g. a website or other digital publication.
Photocopy and Scan – 15 % / 15 pages
You may copy and share according to the 15/15 rule from a paper original. It means that you can copy up to 15 percent of the number of pages from the same publication, but not more than 15 pages. Out of a book comprising 100 pages, you can copy up to 15 pages. Out of a book comprising 60 pages, you can copy 9 pages.
If you need to photocopy or scan one chapter or an article which comprises one or a few pages more than those mentioned in the limitation above, it is despite the limitation permitted to copy and share three additional pages, at most 18 pages from the same original.
Calender half-year
The right to copy and share material under the licence is per calendar half-year. Thus, it is permitted to copy and share from one and the same original once per child and calendar half-year.
Number of copies per child
From a paper original, you may only make as many copies as are needed to provide one for each child and a few for yourself.
Your reproduction for your own use
You may make one (1) paper copy of a book for your own use. However, you may not copy and save the book in digital form. When the copy is for your own use, you may reproduce the work in its entirety – without having to take into account the 15/15 rule.
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How the copies may be used



In a child group
Copied material may be used for educational activities in a child group within the preschool. The child group may vary but is always limited to the pre-school. The copies may be saved and transferred digitally within the pre-school's network to which only the preschool's staff, children and the children's guardians have access. The copies cannot be used public on the pre-school's open website or similar.
The copies may be projected, displayed on a screen or otherwise presented during the educational activity. Digital slide presentation can be printed out and distributed and shared digitally within the child group.
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It is not permissible to copy and share certain material



Single-use material
It is not permissible to copy and share single-use material.
If the preschool has entered into other agreements
If the preschool has entered into other agreement that governs how digitally stored works may be copied and used, the terms and conditions of the other agreement shall prevail.
If a rights holder has filed a prohibition
If a rights holder has filed a prohibition against reproduction and making available, the extended collective licence does not apply. Works covered by a prohibition may not be copied under the Reproduction Agreement. As ILKA Förlagsprodukter AB, Förlagshuset WASA and Wasa Music AB have filed a prohibition against reproduction you may not make reproductions from their publishing under the Reproduction Agreement.
Only rights holders that are not members of an organization representing a substantial number of authors of certain types of works which are used in Sweden within the specified field may file a prohibition according to the Copyright Act.
Choral material and single parts
Choral material which is sold separately may not be copied. Single parts that form part of instrumental ensemble and orchestral material and that are available for hire or purchase may not be copied.
However, if the school owns the material to the extent necessary for rehearsal and performance, it is permitted to reproduce and make available material in accordance with the rules in this agreement, to a single pupil or teacher to meet temporarily upcoming practical needs in a current teaching or concert situation. Concert in this context means performance that takes place in front of a circle consisting mainly of the school´s pupils and the pupil´s relatives.
Musical work for public performance
Musical work, with or without lyrics, may not be copied for public concerts.
If the concert is for the pre-school's children and the children's relatives, reproduction is permitted (in accordance with other provisions of the agreement) for the child or children and staff who are to take part in the performance.
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However, making a single copy in accordance with the other rules in this agreement is allowed if the copy is used only by the pupils or teacher that participate in the performance. The prerequisite is that the music performance mainly takes place in front of the schools pupils and their relatives.
The agreement does not confer the right to make copies for the audience.
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Remember to quote name and source!



The author's moral rights are to be respected. Therefore, the author's name and the photographer's name shall be shown in an appropriate way on or in conjunction with the reproduced material. Read more about the author's moral rights in the Copyright Act.
Even the source from where the material was copied shall be shown on or in conjunction with the reproduced material.

When you need to copy and share more than the agreement allows



If you want to copy or share more or in any other way than is covered by the agreement, permission is required from those who own the copyright to the material.
A rights holder is everyone who owns rights to the material. For a book, it may be a matter of getting permission from one or more authors, translators, publishers, visual creators and others – they are all rights holders to the book.
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If the publication is out of print
You are not allowed to reproduce without permission because a particular edition no longer is commercially available or no longer is issued.
In that case, you need permission from the author and/or the publisher before any reproduction can be made, otherwise, one runs the risk making a copyright infringement.

If the licensing rules are not followed



Reproducing and sharing material in any other way than is covered by the licence is an infringement of the author's exclusive rights.
Infringement of the author's rights may lead to criminal penalties and the payment of damages. Read more about copyright infringement.