Films and videos

Films and videos can be played in the classroom without licence or permission. There is a statutory licence in the Copyright Act 1968 to copy television broadcasts for educational purposes. Other films and videos likely cannot be copied and communicated under copyright law. However, the Library subscribes to a number of excellent film resources, and online content from platforms such as YouTube can also be used.

No licence or permission is needed to screen films or videos in a UNSW classroom. However, if you wish to use a film or video as an electronic course material, copyright and licensing must be taken into consideration.

If the film or video is broadcast on television

The Copyright Act 1968 contains a statutory licence for broadcast content (previously known as Part VA), allowing copies to be made and to be communicated for educational purposes.

UNSW does not have a recording facility, and the Library does not provide assistance with making recordings. The Library does subscribe to a number of resource centres that provide access to broadcast material. For more information about UNSW Library's subscriptions see Film and video resources.

If you make an analogue copy of a broadcast for educational purposes, each copy should be marked with the following information:

  • The name of the institution for which the copy is made (i.e. the University of New South Wales)
  • Reference to 113P of the Copyright Act 1968
  • The date on which the program was broadcast or transmitted
  • The date on which the copy was made.

Labels are available in rtf format. If you communicate a copy of a broadcast for educational purposes, a Copyright Warning Notice must appear immediately before or at the same time that the copyright material is being viewed. The Copyright Warning Notice for broadcasts is available in pdf, jpeg and gif formats.

If the film or video is available via one of the Library’s subscription platforms

If the material you wish to use is available via one of the Library’s subscription platforms, then it can be used as an electronic course material.

Content from subscription platforms can be streamed in class. Content can also be embedded in a learning management system such as Moodle, and links can generally be provided directly to individual videos. Some platforms allow the videos to be downloaded from the platform and uploaded as mp4 files to a learning management system, as well.

The Library subscribes to platforms that provide access to a wide variety of video content, including feature films, documentaries and news programs. For more information about UNSW Library's subscriptions see Film and video resources. Your Outreach Librarian can also assist if you are unable to locate specific content on our platforms and would like to request a purchase.

If the film or video is available online on YouTube or The Box

Content that is available on YouTube or The Box can be streamed in class, and it can be embedded in a learning management system as long as the content is embeddable. That is, as long as the option to embed has been turned on by the party that uploaded the video.

When using content on freely available online platforms, it is prudent to take reasonable steps to ensure that the content you are using has been lawfully uploaded.

A note about open online courses

The information above pertains to courses for UNSW students. For more information about materials you can use if you have students in your course that are not enrolled students of UNSW, see Open online courses.

Specific information about other electronic course materials:

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