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Using broadcasts and webcasts of broadcasts in the classroom and online
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Academics can copy and communicate broadcast radio and television programs for educational purposes under a statutory licence contained in the Copyright Act known as the Part VA licence.

The Part VA licence covers the following broadcasts:

  • any off-air TV or radio broadcasts (free-to-air and pay TV channels); and
  • podcasts/webcasts of programs previously broadcast on a free-to-air channel

The Part VA licence does not cover:

  • webcasts of programs previously broadcast on a pay TV channel (eg Foxtel) or webcast service (eg Netflix)
  • non-broadcast video sources such as DVDs, Blu-ray
  • web video sources such as YouTube
  • 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 broadcast copies 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 Part VA licence for radio and television broadcasts. Only copy what you need for the educational purpose.

Labelling and attribution
  • Broadcasts copied under the Part VA 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 Part VA warning notice.


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