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Copyright at UNSW

Using TV and radio broadcasts for teaching

UNSW has an agreement with Screenrights that covers the copying and communication of television and radio broadcasts in Australia for educational purposes. The agreement covers the following broadcasts:

  • Any channel from free to air TV, pay TV or radio
  • Free to air broadcasts’ websites or the broadcasters’ official YouTube channel
  • Podcasts made available online by the broadcaster (this excludes podcasts that are made exclusively for the internet)
  • Catchup TV such as iView if it has been previously broadcasted in Australia
  • Online simulcasts of broadcasts, including online radio

The Screenrights agreement allows for the following use of broadcasts: 

  • to be shown in class
  • emailed to staff and students 
  • embedded in PowerPoint presentations and learning management systems (i.e. Moodle)
  • old copies of broadcasts (i.e. DVD or VHS) to be converted into a digital format

The agreement does not cover the copying and communication of commercial films and videos such as DVDs or demand services such as Netflix or Stan. 

Find information about managing copyright for films and videos.

UNSW Library subscribes to the following streaming databases that provide access to broadcasts content under the Screenrights agreement:

  • Informit EduTV which offers documentaries, news, Australian films, some mainstream movies and educational content
  • Informit TV News includes Australian free-to-air television news and current affairs programs 

What are the limits and conditions?


  • All or parts of a broadcast from television or radio can be copied, in any format (analogue or digital)
  • There are no limits on the number of copies that can be made


  • Copying and communicating is done for educational purposes of the University
  • Access is restricted to UNSW staff and students e.g. password protection
  • Digital copies display the Copyright Warning Notice (available in PDFJPEG and GIF format
  • All broadcasts copies are labelled with the following information (labels are available in rtf format):
    • The name of the institution for which the copy is made i.e. UNSW
    • 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

Need help?

For general copyright queries submit an Ask a question form, visit a Help Zone or contact us

For other queries, please contact your Outreach Librarian.

Quick guides


A quick guide to delivering course materials to students

Copyright Warning Notice

The Copyright Warning Notice used for Statutory Licence copying and communication, is  available in PDFJPEG and GIF format.