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About the treatment of copyrighted materials in the course of school lessons under new Article 35 of the Copyright Act in Japan

We have provided an explanation of our position regarding the treatment of copyrighted materials in the course of school lessons under new Article 35 of the Copyright Act in Japan enacting on April 28th, 2020.
Read the statement.

Copying Guidelines

Copyright law allows a reader to make a single copy of a part of a book for purposes of private study. It does not allow the copying of entire books or the making of multiple copies of extracts.

In some countries it is possible for schools to do a limited amount of photocopying under the terms of a license issued by a licensing agency such as the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) in the UK. The other circumstances in which photocopying of copyright material is permitted is when the publisher has designated a book or part of a book as 'photocopiable'. This special permission is always indicated clearly in the book, both at the front and on every photocopiable page. Many of the Teacher's Books that accompany Oxford ELT courses contain such 'photocopiable' material.

If a school wishes to have multiple copies of part of a book in a self-access center, then it must purchase the necessary number of printed books. There is no formal objection to schools physically cutting printed texts into parts and re-assembling them in any way that seems appropriate, providing the books or parts of books, are not then re-sold. It is not, however, a practice we would recommend.

In the case of audio recordings, it is permissible for a school to make a copy of an audio tape or CD, keeping the original as back-up. Only one copy may exist at any one time. A school may copy different parts of an original audio tape onto several cassettes, providing that no part of the original exists in more than one copy at any one time. Therefore, if a school wishes to have three copies of one part of an audio tape, it must have three originals.

No Copying, single or multiple, of video cassettes or DVDs is permitted.

It is illegal to make copies of our software programs. You may not copy disks of our software programs other than to make one copy for back-up purposes.

Oxford University Press Japan would like to thank you for your commitment to upholding copyright and please contact us if we can help you with advice.

All content and graphics on this website are the copyright of Oxford University Press unless stated.

Certain information, teaching resources and graphics within this website may be freely copied and distributed if it is clearly stated so or marked with the following (or a similar) sentence:

  • ©Oxford University Press. Permission granted to reproduce for instructional use. Photocopiable

Please note: Use of such photocopiable and distributable teaching resources or graphics may be used in the following ways:

  • a) To support classroom use of Oxford University Press materials. (i.e. handouts worksheets or tests, etc. for students)
  • b) In conjunction with, or to promote Oxford University Press materials, and not in conjunction with any other circumstances, including promotion of other materials, schools, institutions or courses.

*Oxford materials sample pages are provided to help teachers or school administrators examine and decide the right course book for their classes


For teachers with copyright permissions enquiries including examination papers.

Use of OUP copyright materials for examination purposes requires sufficient acknowledgement of the source. Prior permission must be obtained for reproduction of examination papers which contain OUP materials. Please contact the following organization if you have questions about this matter.

JCEA Japan Copyright Educational Association
Tel: 0467-38-1590

Fax: 0467-38-1591 

Email: copyright@jcea.info 

WEB: http://www.jcea.info