Astrid Bovell on March 1st, 2013
But this time it’s Screenrights!
Some of you may already be aware (and others are about to be), that the University has again been selected to participate in the Screenrights survey. Screenrights are the collecting body that we pay fees to in order to comply with the licence that allows us to use broadcast material for teaching purposes. Every few years, Screenrights will sample the University to formulate statistics on how much recorded broadcasted content from TV, pay TV and radio we’re using for educational purposes.
The survey is short, running only for 6 weeks (from 13 May – 23 June 2013) and requires selected areas to log on to a website once a fortnight and answer questions about whether they used any broadcast material and if so, what it was. If you haven’t used any broadcast material, you simply need to indicate that on the online form and log back out – it takes about 30 seconds.
While taking part in surveys can require time and energy, it does form a part of our copyright obligations for the right and privilege to use broadcast content as broadly as we can and do – which is very valuable indeed. Thankfully the Screenrights sample is really quick and easy and it will be over before we know it. There will be some training for those affected and some morning tea to cheer you up. Further details will be announced closer to the survey period.