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Audio-visual materials

Film, TV and audio can be used in teaching materials.

The copyright in film, TV and audio can be complicated. To make sure you have fulfilled your copyright obligations, always keep the following in mind:

  • you must always use a legitimate and legal copy of any resource
  • content streamed via YouTube, Vimeo or similar platforms must be uploaded with the permission of the copyright owner
  • most freely available, full-length films online are not legitimate
  • Most subscription streaming services do not allow you to share content with others

Please consult the Working with Audio-Visual Materials guide for a more detailed explanation of how film, TV, and sound can be used in course materials. If you are unsure about whether you can use a resource, please contact Copyright Services.

Staff must ensure that all content is accompanied by a full citation and the moral rights of the creators are respected by providing attributions. The minimum requirements of attribution are:

  • Films: title and director
  • TV: title and production studio
  • Music: title and artists/composers
  • Broadcasts: as for Films and TV, and the broadcast date and broadcast channel.

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