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Copyright for Staff

A guide to assist Bond University staff maximise the creation and use of print, online and audiovisual materials while meeting copyright obligations.

Television and radio

Copying from TV and radio

Under the statutory licence provisions negotiated between the Universities Australia and Screenrights, off-air recordings can be made solely for the educational purposes of the University from TV, radio and cable or satellite TV, including free to air Podcasts and Vodcasts that originate as broadcasts.

There is no restriction on the type of program that may be copied, the amount that can be copied or the number of copies that may be made, if the copies are made from free-to-air broadcast radio and television.

  • Programs may be copied off-air even if the program is available for purchase commercially.
  • Whole programs may be copied, or any part of a broadcast, including advertisments.
  • Copies of the program can be reproduced, distributed and communicated to students with warning notices as appropriate


Note: It is not permitted under this scheme to copy pre-recorded material such as commercially purchased or hired DVDs.

Using the recordings

  • The recordings can be shown in lectures and captured in MediaSite.
  • The recordings can be distributed to or communicated to students
  • Digital recordings must carry a Warning Notice

Making Recordings

  • As long as off-air copies are made for, or on-behalf of Bond it is irrelevant who makes the copy
  • Recordings of TV (free-to-air or pay TV) and radio broadcasts can be made at home for use at Bond. Use of these recordings is covered by the University's Screenrights licence provided the copy is made for the teaching purposes of the institution and labelled in the appropriate manner. Copyright labels are available from the Manager, Scholarly Publications and Copyright (x 51523). 
  • You may make a copy of a program at home for private viewing, but if you then decide to use it for teaching purposes, it becomes the property of Bond and needs to be labelled.

Recordings made at Bond or at home


Each copy of the broadcast made under the scheme, or any container in which the copy is kept, must be labelled. This includes the original copy, and any reproductions made from that copy, such as those that you may send out to your students. 

The label must contain the following information:

Made for Bond University under s113P 
of the Copyright Act 1968
Date program was transmitted _____________________
Date this copy was made __________________________ (if different)

Please contact the Manager, Scholarly Publications and Copyright to acquire a label.

Warning notice

The recording may be communicated either by email, or from a secure web site. 
Each electronic or digital copy which is communicated under s113P of the Copyright Act must contain an electronic Warning Notice.

Contact the Manager, Scholarly Publications and Copyright for further assistance.

Screenrights Conditions and Provisions

  • Copying must be from free to air broadcast radio and television.
  • The copy can only be used for educational or administratives purposes of Bond University
  • The copy must be marked (labelled).
  • Digital reproductions must carry a Warning Notice.
  • If appropriate, details of the authors of the work should be noted on the tape (this is especially relevant where entire films are recorded, please ensure that the credits are included with the recording).
  • If communicated online, materials must be available to staff and students of Bond University only (via a password protected Web site such as Blackboard).
  • Copies of the program can be lent to staff and students of Bond University, but not to other institutions; although Bond University can make a copy of the program and supply that copy to the other educational institutions requesting it if they also have a licence with Screenrights.
  • If copies are sold, it must be on a cost recovery basis only.