Wil on July 24th, 2015
In our last blog post, we had a little bit of a refresher about using textual material and images in teaching material. In this week’s post, we’re giving you some pointers on how to use film and music compliantly in class. Using films and music can help enrich students’ learning experience by introducing them to complex concepts and ideas in novel ways. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Films and television programs
- Part VA of the statutory license allows us to use films and television programs recorded from free-to-air or pay TV. We can use these broadcast copies in a variety of ways: we can screen them in class, include them in Lecture Capture recordings, distribute them to students on CD or USB or make them available for download from the LMS subject to some conditions.
- We can show commercially purchased films and television programs in class, too. Entire films or episodes can be shown but we have to make sure that they are not recorded as part of any Lecture Capture recordings. You can use films that you have purchased yourself or films that are in the Library’s collection.
- The Library has an extensive list of films which can be readily streamed from the LMS. You can search for a particular film using the Library’s catalogue search for online film. If the film you require isn’t available, we may be able to source a broadcast copy of the material or obtain access from one of our streaming partners.
- You can show YouTube clips in class and embed them in your subject’s LMS page, too. However, you have to make sure that the clip you are using has been made available on the site legitimately. There are a multitude of official channels available on YouTube that have legitimate content. If you’re not sure whether the clip you’d like to show in class or embed in the LMS, just drop us a line.
- If you have a film in an obsolete format (such as VHS or Umatic recordings) which you’d like to show in class, and it is not commercially available, we may be able to rely on provisions in the Copyright Act to be able to convert the recording to a more usable format. Contact us to find out more.
- The University has a music license that allows us to use music for teaching, as well as University events. You can perform live music or play commercially purchased music, including recordings obtained from iTunes or Bigpond Music. You can also use recordings which are available to borrow from the Library’s collection.
- The Library also has a several online collections of music which staff and students can access. You can search for a particular piece of music by doing a search for online music through the Library’s catalogue, our Subsonic collection or in our Australian Composers Collection .
- Depending on where you have sourced the recording, you may be able to direct students to access the recording in order to stream or download the music. Follow these links to find out more information about how to stream music or how to allow to enable students to download recordings.
If you’d like to know more about using films or music in class, don’t hesitate to contact the Copyright Office.
We will have something very different next week in support of Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR)’s Cooking for Copyright campaign, so be sure to tune in for details!
Image credits: 2014 Puterbaugh Festival: Film Screening by World Literature Today (https://www.flickr.com/photos/wltonline/13465976025/) CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)