Music licence

The University has a commercial agreement with a number of collecting societies allowing staff and students to perform, copy or communicate a majority of copyright musical works and sound recordings for educational purposes and for university events.

Examples of how you can use music and sound recordings for teaching are available on the music web page.

Educational purposes

Under the music licence educational purposes means "in connection with a particular course of instruction or course of study and/ or research" of the university. Commercial activities, including commercial research are not within the ambit of the licence.

University events

A university event is "an event organised or authorised" by the university and held at the university (or another venue), which includes live musical performances by students or staff.

Collection societies

The following collection societies are party to the agreement. More information about the societies and their repertoire is available from their websites

Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA AMCOS)

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA)

Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA)

Notice and labelling requirements

When copying sound recordings you must have notices and labelling attached containing full details of the title, composer, lyricist, arranger, artist/group and record company.

Licence Survey

Sound recordings made available from a "central unit" under the licence must be reported annually. A central unit is defined as an area of the university (such as a department) which provides a resource or facility for the electronic copying, storage or communication of a sound recording in reliance on the music licence for the University. To nominate an area as a central unit please contact the Copyright Office.