Recording & streaming lectures

If you record one of your lectures you must make sure that unauthorised copyright material is not included in the recording that is distributed to students. Failure to do this could leave both you and the University open to the risk of prosecution for copyright infringement.

Streaming lectures containing segments from literary works

The Copyright Act allows you to read from a literary work and to perform a dramatic work in a class or lecture. If you record a lecture containing excerpts from these works you must take the following actions:

  • observe the limits on copying set down in Part VB of the Copyright Act
  • ensure that the Part VB Warning Notice is displayed before the students download the lecture
  • acknowledge the author of each work so that you abide by the moral rights clauses of the Copyright Act

Streaming lectures containing images & diagrams

You can copy diagrams and figures by hand from third-party copyright material during a lecture but if you capture these with a document camera or other means and make them available online to students you must follow these procedures:

  • ensure that a Part VB Warning Notice is displayed before the lecture is downloaded by students
  • if you include works such as photographs, illustrations and diagrams from third-party copyright material in a PowerPoint presentation to a class display the Part VB Warning Notice as the first slide of your presentation
  • acknowledge the author of each work so that you abide by the moral rights clauses of the Copyright Act

Streaming commercially produced DVDs

  • commercially produced DVDs can be shown in a class but they (including soundtrack) should not be recorded as part of the lecture
  • commercially produced DVDs cannot be streamed via WebCT, Blackboard or streaming services such as Echo360, without the copyright owner’s permission
  • recording, copying or streaming a DVD without the copyright owner's permission is an infringement of copyright legislation and can incur severe penalties
  • if a licence to stream the material cannot be obtained, it may be possible to stream some or all of the film to students under s200AB, the flexible dealing section in the Copyright Act. A number of important tests have to be applied to each case before s200AB can be used. If you wish to stream a particular film and cannot obtain a licence, discuss your needs with the Director of Copyright Services.

Streaming TV broadcasts recorded off-air under Part VA

  • copies of TV broadcasts received in Australia and can be shown in class and the soundtrack can be recorded as part of your lecture
  • since the copy was recorded under Part VA and the Screenrights Agreement it can be streamed to students
  • there are restrictions on access and use - see TV & radio broadcasts for more information
  • the Part VA Warning Notice must be displayed before the file opens

Streaming podcasts

You can stream the following podcasts:

  • podcasts of television or radio programs originally broadcast by a free to air station in Australia and has then been made available as a podcast on the broadcaster’s website
  • podcasts of overseas broadcasts where the host country is a signatory to the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations. A list of signatories to the Rome Convention can be found at Rome Convention signatories
  • a Part VA Warning notice must be displayed just before the podcast is downloaded by the students
  • see Podcasts for more information

Streaming CDs & sound recordings

Under the Music Licence you can stream CDs and sound recordings to University of Sydney students and staff but:

  • downloading of music files is NOT permitted
  • lectures containing music within the scope of the Music Licence cannot be downloaded from an intranet or internet site. If your lectures include music used in accordance with the Music Licence, you must arrange for that lecture to be delivered via streaming only.

More information on the Music Licence and streaming music.