Screenrights television and radio survey

The Vice-Chancellor's Office has received notification that the University of Sydney is the next university to be surveyed in this years (2014) survey of audio-visual copying and communication. The survey monitoring period is scheduled for 27 October 2014 to 7 December 2014.

The Vice-Chancellor's Office and the Library has nominated Raj Saxena (Copyright Services) as the primary contact person for the University for the upcoming survey.

About the Upcoming Screenrights Television and Radio Survey

From 27 October 2014 through to 7 December 2014 (6 weeks), the University is participating in a copyright monitoring survey. The survey is mandatory; it is a legal obligation under Part VA of the Copyright Act. Part VA allows staff to copy and make TV and radio broadcasts available on the LMS or give copies to students for educational purposes. The Part VA licence is essential for teaching and learning, and there are certain obligations, such as participating in this copyright monitoring survey, that the University must meet to be able to use it.

The purpose of the survey is to collect information about which broadcasts are being copied or used so that royalties can be paid to creators for broadcasts that the University uses for teaching. The University pays a substantial annual fee to be able to use the Part VA licence. Screenrights collects the annual fee and then distributes the fee to creators and copyright owners as royalties.

It is important that the University meet its obligations during the monitoring period. We need to get it right the first time, or face the prospect of doing it again and meeting Screenrights' costs in repeating the process. The Copyright Office will work closely with the departments who have been selected for the survey to ensure we all successfully complete the survey.

The survey is being conducted by Nielsen on behalf of Screenrights.

Who’s participating in the survey?

Only selected faculties/departments will be required to participate and a list is available here.

Copyright Survey Coordinators

All areas participating in the survey need to appoint a Copyright Survey Coordinator. The Coordinator acts as a central point of contact and a local expert for the other staff in their area.

Training Information and Session

Screenrights, Nielsen and the University Copyright Services will be running the following training session for Copyright Survey Coordinators and interested staff on Thursday 9th of October in the Seminar room 218, Level 2 Fisher Library:

10 am – 12 pm: Detailed session for the Copyright Survey Coordinators
12 pm – 1 pm: Overview for senior and interested staff

What do staff have to do?

During the survey period we will ask all selected teaching and appropriate administrative staff (but not students) to declare whether they have made or communicated any copies of television or radio broadcasts for educational purposes. If staff have made or communicated copies then we ask that details of the program(s) be provided.

This will be done through the Nielsen online survey system. Once every fortnight during the survey period staff will receive an email containing a link to their survey account. Clicking on the link will take the staff member into the system, where they will answer a couple of quick questions on their copying and communication activity.

Contact details

If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Raj Saxena, University Copyright Officer at or x12888.