Week 4 - Statutory Licences

Key words: teacher's use of copyright material, statutory licence, statutory text and artistic licence, statutory broadcast licence

One way you’re allowed to use copyright material in the classroom is under statutory licences (Statutory Text and Artistic Licence and the Statutory Broadcast Licence) which allow educational institutions to copy certain types of material for educational purposes.

With Week 4's Readings and these tasks you’ll learn the ways in which statutory licences allow you to use a wide array of materials in the classroom and also what activities do not need a licence.

Please post (ie copy and paste) your answers in this week's google folder, under your group number, by the end of Sunday 18 November 2018 and finish your peer review by the end of Tuesday 20 November 2018.

Important Notes:

  • The majority of TAFE institutes are no longer covered by the Statutory Broadcast Licence. Only a handful of WA and NSW TAFE Institutes have the Statutory Broadcast Licence. Please see the following link for further information detailing in what circumstances TAFE institutes can use films and television without relying on the Statutory Broadcast Licence: http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/information-sheets/tafe/use-of-television-programs-and-film-by-tafe-institutes-without-a-screenrights-licence and see Week 5 Copyright Exceptions in relation educational use of audio visual material (film, online clips, etc).
  • For this task, please assume the educational institution in this question has a screenrights licence.
  • Please do not refer to copyright exceptions in your group answer as these are covered in Week 5.

Kent is an educator and frequently does the following for his classes:

  • Photocopy material from textbooks or student activity books to hand out to students in his class;
  • Download freely available PowerPoints from websites;
  • Scan an entire textbook and upload the digital copy to his school’s password protected intranet/learning management system for student access;
  • Download images from Google Images to put on an interactive whiteboard or flat panel to present to his class;
  • Upload a list of website links to Google Classroom for his students to access;
  • Bookmark links to websites for later display on an interactive whiteboard to his class;
  • Print a city map of Melbourne from the internet for each student in his class;
  • Download other people's lecture notes, student quizzes and PowerPoints from iTunesU;
  • Record a copy broadcast of a free-to-air TV program to play it to the class;
  • Purchase a copy of a television broadcast from a Resource Centre to play to his class.

Questions (to be answered by each group):

Note: If you need additional information to answer any of these questions, identify that information and how it would influence your responses. Do not answer these questions according to a copyright exception. Please focus on the statutory licences

Review each of the above activities and answer the following:

  1. Is Kent allowed to do each of the activities listed above under the statutory licences? Keep in mind each example may include multiple activities that you need to address.
  2. If he is allowed to, please specify: a) under which licence and b) any restrictions of the licence (eg only 10%, must attribute/label, must be kept behind a password protected system, must include a copyright notice, etc).

Questions to assist your understanding (not to be answered)

  • What is a statutory licence?
  • What is the difference between an educational exception and a statutory licence?
  • What are the implications of a statutory licence?
  • What is the difference between a free use of copyright material and material used according to a statutory licence?


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