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Using broadcasts and webcasts of broadcasts in the classroom and online

Academics can copy and communicate broadcast radio and television programs for educational purposes under the educational statutory licence.

The educational statutory licence covers the following broadcasts:

  • any TV or radio broadcast (free-to-air and pay TV channels, AM and FM radio channels); and
  • podcasts/webcasts by the broadcaster of programs previously broadcast on their free-to-air channel.

The educational statutory licence does not cover:

  • webcasts of programs previously broadcast on a pay TV channel (eg Foxtel) or delivered via a webcast service (eg Netflix)
  • non-broadcast video sources such as DVDs, Blu-ray
  • web video sources such as YouTube or Vimeo
  • pirate copies of broadcast content
In the classroom
  • Academics can:

    • play copies of radio and television broadcasts
    • lecture capture radio and television broadcasts
Access online
  • Students can access copies of broadcasts via the Learning Management System or linked to via the Library’s media streaming services such as Kanopy.

    Access must be protected by Unikey.

Copying limits
  • There are no copying limits under the educational statutory licence for radio and television broadcasts. Only copy what you need for the educational purpose.

Labelling and attribution
  • Broadcasts copied under the educational statutory licence should be labelled with the name of the program, the broadcaster and the date that the copy was made. If the copy is a webcast or podcast of a previously broadcast program, the URL should also be included.

    Copies of broadcasts must display a section 113P warning notice.


This information is provided as general information only. It provides a basic introduction to copyright and is not intended to be comprehensive.

Reviewed December 2017