Part VA Licence

Known as the Screenrights or Part VA statutory licence. This licence has its terms actually set out in the Copyright Act 1968.

It permits the Australian Catholic University to copy radio and television programs and communicate the material to their staff and students via an intranet, repository or LEO. These include programs from:

  • free-to-air radio and television;
  • satellite and subscription (pay) radio and television; and
  • podcasts and webcasts which originated as television and radio broadcasts and which are available on the broadcaster’s website.

Ways in which the university can obtain the broadcast material:

  • A lecturer or other staff member may record the broadcast themselves;
  • The podcast or webcast can be downloaded from the broadcaster’s site;
  • ACU Library can purchase a copy from a licensed Screenrights supplier; or
  • Access the broadcast through a licensed Screenrights database such as TVNews or EduTV via the Library website.

Payment is made by ACU to Screenrights, which is the collecting society that administers the radio and television broadcast Licence.

There is no limit to how much of a broadcast can be copied. However, the copy must be made or communicated for educational purposes.

Physical copies must contain the prescribed form of notice have a notice on the item or the box. When communicating broadcasts to students it is also a requirement to include the prescribed form of notice.

Screenrights Obligations

As part of using broadcast material under the Screenrights licence, ACU is obliged to reference where the material came from. Check with your Faculty if they have a preferred method of attribution.

The reference should include:

  • Name of the broadcast show, and if an article or part show, which part.
  • Name of station it was broadcast on
  • Date of the broadcast

Broadcast material used under Part VA also have a legal requirement to include a legal notice. This could be included at the beginning of a lecture capture, or at the top of a group of links to stored broadcasts on LEO:


Copyright Regulations 1969


This material has been copied and communicated to you by or on behalf of Australian Catholic University pursuant to Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 (the Act).

The material in this communication may be subject to copyright under the Act. Any further copying or communication of this material by you may be the subject of copyright protection under the Act.
Do not remove this notice.

Sample Survey

The Screenrights Licence does not include any sampling surveys.

Page last updated: 22 Feb 2017

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