UNSW holds a music licence that allows staff and students to copy and communicate music for educational purposes and at University events.
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.
The Tertiary Music Licence permits UNSW to:
Play background music in a foyer of a University building during a third-party event in areas such as the Library or faculty building foyers.
(A separate licence is required to play background music in the foyer of Performing Arts Centre, Concert Hall and Function Conference Centres during a third party event.)
University performances can be lived streamed if the performances are given at a University event, a graduation ceremony or for educational purposes. As a live stream is a synchronisation (i.e. where you put music together with video footage), there are conditions that apply to how you make those videos available.
The Tertiary Music Licence permits UNSW to make use of music captured in videos for as follows:
Videos that capture sound recordings
If UNSW makes a video that captures commercial sound records in context (i.e. capturing the sound recording at the same time of recording the video) you can:
If UNSW makes a video that adds commercial sound recordings after the video is taken (postproduction) you can:
Videos that capture live performance of music (not sound recordings)
If UNSW makes a video of a live performance and the video does not contain sound recordings, then you can:
Streaming of videos containing music must not be used for the commercial or promotional purposes of the University. For example, showcasing student work to illustrate that your university has a world-class performing arts unit would be considered non-commercial in nature. Creating an advertisement that showcases that student work and has a tagline ‘come and study with us, we are taking enrolments now’ would be considered commercial and would not be covered by Tertiary Music Licence.
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, ARIA, AMCOS / APRA and PPCA 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:
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.