In 2005 the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (now Universities Australia) entered into an agreement with APRA, AMCOS, ARIA and PPCA that would cover its 38 universities for the majority of their music use. Music plays a huge role in education at a tertiary level, and not just in music-specific classes. Dance, drama, therapy, psychology and arts courses all use music, and that’s not even the half of it! The music you hear when you are on hold, the radio on in the back ground of the staff room and even musical works reproduced in video recordings made for educational purposes are all covered by this blanket licence.
The Music Copyright licence for universities broadly includes the following rights:
There are 38 universities across Australia that are covered. For a full list, click here.
The licence covers three key areas of music:
While the agreement allows many uses of music with Universities, there are some limitations.
Unlike schools, Universities and other institutions in Australia are not covered by a blanket photocopying licence from AMCOS to photocopy print music.
In some cases, Universities may rely on the Copyright Agency (CAL) statutory licence that allows the restricted copying, reproduction or communication up to 10% of a musical work for educational purposes.
If your usage falls outside this, you will need to contact the copyright owner. For more information, contact the Australian Copyright Council.
Our Educational Licensing Department is always on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding the way you use music in your school. Call us on (02) 9935 7900 or send us an email at any time.
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Have some questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
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