Using the Statutory Licence for radio and TV

Under arrangement with Screenrights, the use of the whole or part of broadcasts from radio, free-to-air television, cable television, satellite television, and some podcasts is permitted for the educational purposes of the University. The copies can be shown in lectures; distributed to and communicated to students.

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 broadcast radio and television and are for educational purposes.

  • Programs may be copied off-air even if the program is also available for purchase commercially.
  • Whole programs may be copied, or any part of a broadcast, including advertisements.
  • Free-to-air podcasts and webcasts may be copied if they were originally 'born' as free broadcasts.
  • As long as off-air copies are made for, or on-behalf of, UNE, it is irrelevant who makes the copy.

Note: It is not permitted under this scheme to copy pre-recorded material such as commercially purchased or hired videos, CDs or tapes, though these may be shown in a lecture setting without infringing copyright.


You may make a copy of a radio or TV program at home for private viewing, but if you then decide to use it for teaching purposes, it becomes the property of UNE and needs to be marked. You may keep a copy for 14 days before you decide if it may be useful for teaching purposes.

Recordings may be:

  • shown in lectures
  • distributed to students
  • communicated to students via Moodle or Kanopy.

Guidelines about the marking and access restrictions for this use are given below.

Each analog copy (video or sound tape) 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 the University of New England under Part VA
of the Copyright Act 1968
Date program was transmitted _____________________
Date this copy was made __________________________
(if different)

Template stickers for this purpose are available from the Copyright Office.

Conditions of the Screenrights Licence

The agreement with Screenrights includes the following conditions and provisions:

  • Copying must be from free-to-air broadcast radio and television (including pay and cable TV).
  • Copies can only be used for the educational or administrative purposes of UNE and copies must be marked with the prescribed copyright notice.
  • 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 UNE only (via a password-protected website such as Moodle or Kanopy).
  • Copies of the program can be lent to staff and students of UNE, but not to other institutions; although UNE 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.

Screenrights provides a service called Enhance TV that provides study guides and television guides about educational programs broadcast on television. Broadcasts can also be purchased from EnhanceTV.