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Unless you are sure that the footage on YouTube (or on any other internet site) is put there by the copyright owner, or with their authorisation, it is safer not to play, download or copy the YouTube or other internet content. We also can't direct students to play or download it for themselves, as this could be seen as the University authorising the students to infringe copyright.
However, if it is clear that the internet content isn't infringing (for example, film footage provided by the London zoo (ZSL) for display on YouTube, where they hold the copyright and are seeking to promote their activities through YouTube) we may be safe to show that footage in a class, just as we might display any other non-infringing website or DVD film during an actual class (ie don't copy or download the content but just access it in class). (Section 28 of the Australian Copyright Act provides for this where the audience is limited to staff and students involved in educational instruction and no fee is charged).
It may be difficult to tell whether online content is authorised by the copyright holder or not. You can seek advice from the copyright office for use of this material.
begin with the words "By using and/or visiting this website (collectively, including all content and functionality available through the YouTube.com domain name, the "YouTube Website", or "Website"), you signify your agreement to (1) these terms and conditions..."
In some cases it will simply be safer to play (in class) video content that is from legitimately purchased DVDs or recorded from a broadcast under the Screenrights Licence. For advice on where to obtain copies, refer to the information at Teaching (sound and vision section)
The library provides access to legitimate audio and audiovisual music databases that can used as long as the audience is restricted to students and staff of Monash. Two of the largest are Naxos and the Music Online. Others can be found at Music Databases. Any questions about the use of these databases can be directed to the Music Librarian.
It is often easier to simply link to the relevant page or site and let users access the material themselves. There are no copyright issues with linking as long as the source material or site is clearly identified and the content not, of itself, infringing.
Otherwise you would need permission from the copyright owner of the web material (who might not be the person that put the material online).
NOTE: If you have to agree to terms and conditions before accessing images on a website you will be bound by those terms (eg if you click on an 'I agree' box) and can only use the images in the way you have agreed to in the terms and conditions..
If the TV content is made available online by someone who is not the copyright owner (or is not authorised by the copyright owner), it should not be used. Where TV content is put online by an Australian broadcaster (ie via the broadcaster's own website) the Screenrights Part VA licence may apply. This allows copying, streaming and downloading of broadcast material for educational purposes (teaching) as long as access is restricted to Monash students and staff only and the Part VA warning notice is included. Some overseas broadcast material can also be used under this licence see: List of countries whose broadcast content/podcasts may be included under Screenrights licence. Note this list does NOT include USA, China, Singapore, New Zealand or Hong Kong.
Broadcaster services which repeat programs, such as the ABC's iview or channel 9's fixplay, can also be played (ie 'streamed') in class in reliance on the 'play-in-class' allowance within the Copyright Act (section 28).
Send an email inquiry to the University's Copyright Adviser.