UNSW holds a music licence that allows staff and students to copy and communicate music for educational purposes and at University events.
All copies made must be in the repertoire of the music collecting societies. To check if a sound recording is included, search the APRA/AMCOS website.
There are no copying limits under the music licence, but best practice is to only copy what you need for educational purposes. Music can be streamed to students as long as access is restricted.
In the classroom, academics can:
Using music as course materials
Academics can copy sound recordings for educational purposes and if it is related to a course of study or research. Sound recordings can also be made available online to students via password protected system, such as Moodle. Access must be restricted to UNSW staff and students.
Student use of music
Students can include sound recordings in their assignments as part of their course of study. For example, they can create a video that includes music as part of their assignment. The work can be placed on a secure server (i.e. Moodle), but cannot be made available to the public. Copies can be distributed to their families for private personal use only. No charges can be made (or cost recovery only).
University events are any event that is organised and authorised by the University. The event can be held at the University or off campus, and it can be open to the public or to the University community only. It does not apply to events where admission or entry fee is charged or events that are held at a University venue which has been hired by a third party. This would require the third party to obtain permission for the use and to apply for appropriate licences. To find out how to get permission, see the Australian copyright council’s music: concerts, musicals and plays information sheet.
Staff and students can:
All copied sound recordings (physical or digital) must contain the following copyright statement (either as a label or as metadata):
This recording has been made by the University of New South Wales under the express terms of an educational licence between it, AMCOS and ARIA and may only be used as authorised by the University pursuant to the terms of that licence.
With the following information:
If your intended use of music sits outside what is allowed under the Music Licence, then try using FreePlay Music Library. To access the music library, you need to create a UNSW Freeplay music account:
The music licence also covers the playing of background music (from CDs or radio) in the workplace (i.e.) administration and staff offices.