Recording lectures

If your lecture is recorded using a service such as Echo360, you need to consider copyright issues. Different copyright issues arise between a live lecture and a recorded lecture.

In your lectures you might use materials produced by other people or you might have a guest speaker. When you include materials by others who are not UNSW staff, the copyright situation can become more complicated. In making an audio recording, you are making a reproduction of the words spoken and any audio material played in the lecture. In making a video recording, you are making a reproduction of the words spoken and any audio or visual material played or displayed in the lecture.

It is your responsibility for ensuring that the material you use and include in the recording complies with copyright.

Below are some guidelines to consider when recording lectures.

Guest speakers

When you record a guest lecturer or an individual who is not employed by UNSW, regardless of the future uses you will make of the recording, you should acquire permission to make the recording beforehand. The permission ideally should also include all of the envisaged future uses of the recording. For example, if you wish to record the lecture and place it on your Moodle, you should specify that use. If you wish to record the lecture and then use it for future courses outside of UNSW, you may choose to specify that as well. You may also choose to get broad, global permission for all future uses.

You will be responsible for obtaining permissions from guest speakers or copyright owners if needed. You may want to keep records of your permissions on file where they could be retrieved if required.

PowerPoint presentations

If PowerPoint presentations include any third party copyright material (i.e. images, photographs), these may be included in the recorded lecture if they comply with the limits and conditions permitted under Part VB of the Copyright Act. For more information about using text, images and print music, see Course materials.

Films, DVDs and Videos

Screening of feature films, documentaries and commercial DVDs is permitted in a live classroom situation as long as it done for educational purposes and restricted to UNSW staff and students. However, copyright issues may arise if the screened material is being recorded. Recordings of television or radio broadcasts during a lecture will be covered by the statutory licence of the Copyright Act 1968.

For more information about using TV and radio broadcasts, see Films and videos.

If however, a commercial DVD or film is screened in a recorded lecture, then it is advisable to pause the recording while the video is being played.

It may be possible to copy and communicate (Echo360 and upload to Moodle) excerpts of video material for educational purposes under the flexible dealing or s200AB of the Copyright Act. Contact your Outreach Librarian to see if you can apply this special case usage for educational purposes.

Video content available on YouTube and The Box can be streamed in class and embedded in a learning management system as long as the content is embeddable and the video has been uploaded by the copyright owner and does not contain infringing material. It may be possible to record short excerpts of content from YouTube or The Box for educational purposes under the fair dealing exception of the Copyright Act but not full video content. If the full content of the video is played in the lecture then it is advisable to pause the recording while the video is being played.

For lecture recordings that you intend to publish on a publicly accessible internet page or MOOC

For more information about creating resources see Open online courses.

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