Creating teaching videos

The University is committed to ensuring that staff making videos as part of their teaching use appropriate practices to ensure that all uses of copyright material are in compliance with the Australian Copyright Act 1968.

If used incorrectly there is a potential risk of copyright infringement, especially if the video will be made openly available, such as on FedUni Tube (which is currently not restricted to staff and students) or YouTube.

See below for information you need to know about the specific media type you want to use in your video. For more detailed information contact the Copyright Office.

Music

FedUni has a music licence that allows the use of music for educational purposes as long as certain requirements are complied with, including restricting access to FedUni staff and students.

While the music licence allows us to make audio-visual recordings for a course of study, it does not allow any recordings made under the licence to be communicated online (including on FedUni Tube which is currently not restricted to staff and students, or YouTube).

If you can make your video available on a platform that restricts access to staff and students and your video lectures are part of your course materials, then you can use commercial music under the music licence. There is more information available about the university's music licence at Music in Education website and at Copyright for music.

To make a video openly available (such as on FedUni Tube or YouTube) you could use music released under a Creative Commons (CC) licence. There are different types of CC licence, which allow different uses. There is more information about the CC licences on the Creative Commons website.

Another possibility is the YouTube audio library which provides royalty-free instrumental tracks that can be used on YouTube videos.

Video/film

The use of other footage in your video depends on the type of original media and how you intend to release it.

You cannot copy extracts from, or entire, commercial DVDs even if your video will only be available to staff and students of the University. The same applies to YouTube videos (unless they have been released under a Creative Commons licence).

The use of footage (either entire programs or snippets) that has been previously broadcast in Australia is allowed under the Part VA licence, but only if your video will be restricted to staff and students.

If it will be released on FedUni Tube or YouTube, then you could include material released under a Creative Commons licence.

Otherwise, you would need to gain the permission of the copyright holder to use their material in your video and make it publicly available.

Images (photos/artworks)

The use of images is allowed under the university's Part VB licence, but only if your video will be restricted to staff and students and the Part VB notice is displayed.

If it will be released on FedUni Tube or YouTube then you could use images released under a Creative Commons licence.

Otherwise, you would need to gain the permission of the copyright holder to use their material in your video and make it publicly available.

Excerpts from texts

The use of text-based material is allowed under the university's Part VB licence, but only if your video will be restricted to staff and students and the Part VB notice is displayed.

If it will be released on FedUni Tube or YouTube then you could use works released under a Creative Commons licence.

Otherwise, you would need to gain the permission of the copyright holder to use their material in your video and make it publicly available.