brooke on February 22nd, 2011
With O Week underway we are getting close to the start of the teaching year.
Well in a few weeks you may want to liven up some classes with some music in the background or by asking your students to perform some music in class and you know what, you can!
The University is a signatory to a licence with the Australian music industry that allows staff and students to use musical sound recordings for educational purposes and certain, university-run events.
- make compilations of for teaching purposes,
- stream from a restricted LMS page for teaching purposes,
- use as background music in lectures, classes and public events,
- perform live or from a recording
One of the major points is that this licence only allows you to use sound recordings that are part of the Australian music industry’s repertoire. To find out if the music you want to use is, you need to search for the title and artist on the APRA/AMCOS website (see the top right -hand corner).
What you can’t do is:
- make music available to download
- charge a fee to the event
- copy music videos or notated music (scores) as they are not covered by the licence
- use Grand Right Works (operas, musicals), music for ballet, music in a dramatic context and some choral works
- perform any musical work with new or substituted or prohibited lyrics (as notified by APRA) or as a burlesque or parody
- as well as some others
There are some FAQs on our website that may help you to determine whether you can use music for your purposes.
That’s a whole lot of links! It’s important that if you are going to do any of these activities that you read the information I have linked to and, if you need help, you contact the Copyright Office.