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Using copyright material music and sound recordings in the classroom and online for educational purposes

Academics can copy and communicate sound recordings in all formats for educational purposes under a voluntary licence with the major collecting societies of the Australian music industry AMCOS, APRA, PPCA and ARIA (Music Licence).

All copies must be from legitimate sources of music.

In the classroom
  • Academics and students can:

    • play sound recordings in the classroom
    • lecture capture sound recordings
    • perform musical works
    • make audio or video recordings of staff and students’ performances of musical works
Performances at free University events
  • University staff and students can:

    • perform music from the collecting societies’ repertoires at free University events
    • make audio or video recordings of music performances at University events

    Events where an entry fee is charged and performances of Grand Right Works such as operas, ballets, musical theatre works and large choral performances are not covered by the Music Licence. See Non-educational performances or contact Copyright Services for further information.

Recordings of student performances
  • Academics and students can record their performances of musical works for educational purposes, and make these available via the Learning Management System.

Access to sound recordings and student performances
  • Students can access copies of sound recordings via the Learning Management System or the University Library’s music collection, accessible via our Library catalogue.

    Access to sound recordings must be protected by Unikey.

Copying limits
  • There are no copying limits under the Music Licence. In all cases, only copy what you need for the educational purpose.

Labelling and attribution
  • All sound recordings created or copied under the Music Licence must contain the following statement as metadata, or a label:

    "This recording has been made by The University of Sydney 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 of Sydney pursuant to the terms of that licence"

    Include the following information:

    • the title of each musical work
    • the name of each composer lyricist and arranger of the musical work
    • if the recording is an ARIA sound recording, the artist/group name and the record company label


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

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