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Films, videos and DVDs

Films and multimedia (videos and DVDs) may only be shown in lectures and tutorials if you have the relevant permission to do so, or if it is covered under a licence. This applies whether they were purchased, borrowed from the library or hired. [See also section on YouTube videos.]

Unfortunately, as a private university, TUA is not able to take advantage of the exception offered to most educational institutions under section 28 of the Copyright Act, which deems performances ‘in class’ in the course of educational instruction not to be a performance in public, so long as the audience is limited to those taking part in the instruction (i.e. University staff and students only - no parents or other guests). This exception is only available to not-for-profit institutions.

These items should not be copied or uploaded onto BlackBoard/Canvas without explicit permission from the copyright owner. Avoid recording classes where audio-visual materials are being shown or played.

There is no “reasonable amount” limit for educational use of any audio-visual materials, including films, videos, animations, music and sound recordings.

If permission is obtained to use audio-visual materials on BlackBoard/Canvas, it should be lodged with the University Copyright Officer for recordkeeping, by email to You may like to ask your Head Librarian for help finding alternative resources or licensed content within the library collection.

YouTube / TED / ABC, etc.

Use of resources found online are subject to any terms and conditions of the website. e.g.
You may view or listen to content for your personal, non-commercial use. You may link to YouTube videos through the embeddable YouTube player.
Unless otherwise indicated, TED content is licensed via Creative Commons license (CC BY --NC --ND 4.0 International) for non-commercial purposes, but should only be distributed further through functionality offered from the website (i.e. link to it using the the embeddable player).
Content, e.g. podcasts, is provided for personal, non-commercial use only. Resources can be linked to, but as TUA/Think does not have a Screenrights licence, DO NOT play in class or to reproduce in BlackBoard/Canvas, unless explicit permission is obtained.


Also take particular care NOT to play web videos in class if the class is being recorded.