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Recording & Streaming Lectures 

Copyright Compliance in Recording & Streaming Lectures


Live, face to face lectures are not restricted in the use of copyright material. You can show or perform copyright material, such as films in lecturers or tutorials. You can show an excerpt of the work, or the work in full. This is as long as the audience is restricted to students and it is for educational purposes.  Recording lectures that contain copyright material must comply with certain conditions. The restrictions are the same as if you are making the material available on LearnJCU. 

If you record your lectures, or they are automatically recorded by JCU lecture capture for later streaming and/or downloading, you must make sure that only authorised copyright material is included in the recording that is distributed to students.

In the following, ‘streaming’ includes the availability of a lecture recording for live viewing, and the facility for students to download a lecture recording for later viewing. In JCU's current lecture capture system the default setting is that students may only stream the video, meaning they can watch it and pause, rewind, forward etc, but a copy is not downloaded onto their computer or device they are watching it on. The lecturer may change this setting to make the lecture video available to download if they wish. 

The JCU lecture capture does not incorporate a copyright warning notice at the start of the lecture recording automatically. This means where any copyright material has been used the notice should be included. 

Streaming Lectures Containing Images & Diagrams


  • You can copy diagrams and figures by hand from third-party copyright material during a lecture but if you capture these with a document camera or other means and make them available online to students you must follow these procedures:
  • ensure that the required copyright warning notice (section 113P) is displayed before the lecture is downloaded by students (e,g, you may insert a slide that contains the notice at the start of your presentation)
  • if you include works such as photographs, illustrations and diagrams from third-party copyright material in a PowerPoint presentation to a class display the copyright warning notice (section 113P) as the first slide of your presentation. 
  • acknowledge the author of each work so that you abide by the moral rights clauses of the Copyright Act. You can do this by including a citation in the powerpoint, or by making an announcement in class. 


If you are using publisher provided slides that are part of a textbook package and the publisher has allowed it, you can record their slides without the section 11P notice. Currently the following publisher has given written permission for use of a slide package in a recorded lecture:

  • Pearson
Streaming Lectures Containing Segments from Literary Works


The Copyright Act allows you to read from a literary work and to perform a dramatic work in a class or lecture. If you record a lecture containing excerpts from these works you must take the following actions:

  • observe the limits on copying set down in the Copyright Act
  • ensure that the copyright warning notice (s113P) is displayed before the students download the lecture (e.g. you can insert a slide into your presentation that includes the notice)
  • acknowledge the author of each work so that you abide by the moral rights clauses of the Copyright Act (you may acknowledge authors in a number of ways such as on a Powerpoint slide, or by projecting a list of references at the end of a lecture being recorded)
Streaming Commercially Produced DVDs


  • commercially produced DVDs can be shown in a class but they (including soundtrack) should not be recorded as part of the lecture
  • commercially produced DVDs cannot be streamed via streaming services such as Mediasite, without the copyright owner’s permission
  • recording, copying or streaming a DVD without the copyright owner's permission is an infringement of copyright legislation and can incur severe penalties
  • if a licence to stream the material cannot be obtained, it may be possible to stream some or all of the film to students under s200AB, the flexible dealing section in the Copyright Act. A number of important tests have to be applied to each case before s200AB can be used. If you wish to stream a particular film and cannot obtain a licence, discuss your needs with the JCU Copyright Officer.
Streaming TV Broadcasts Recorded Off-Air Under Part VA of the Copyright Act 


  • copies of TV broadcasts received in Australia can be shown in class and the soundtrack can be recorded as part of your lecture
  • since the copy was recorded under the statutory licence it can be streamed to students in a secure environment such as Blackboard.
  • a copyright warning notice must be displayed before the file opens (this is not automatically included at the beginning of every Mediasite recording), and this can be done by projecting the Notice so it is captured by Mediasite prior to the broadcast opening
Streaming Podcasts


You can stream the following podcasts:


A copyright warning notice must be displayed just before the podcast is downloaded by the students.

Streaming CDs & Sound Recordings


Under the Music Licence you can stream CDs and sound recordings to students and staff but: downloading of music files is not permitted lectures containing music within the scope of the Music Licence cannot be downloaded from an intranet or internet site. If your lectures include music used in accordance with the Music Licence, you must arrange for that lecture to be delivered via streaming only (See Copyright Guide, Section 13 Music.)

Copyright Warning Notice

The copyright warning notice for educational purposes should be used if you wish to make copyright material available online, to students for teaching purposes. An example of this might be your lecture PowerPoint presentation. 

Display the notice prominently for example as the first slide in the PowerPoint, or the cover sheet of a PDF. It should appear either before or at the same time as the copyright material is communicated appears on the screen. 

Any Readings you use under the Copyright Act have this notice inserted automatically, your lecture materials and recorded lectures do not. 

The warning reads: Commonwealth of Australia Copyright Regulations 1969. Warning: This material has been reproduced and communicated to you by or on behalf of James Cook University in accordance with section 113P of the Copyright Act 1968 (Act). The material in this communication may be subject to copyright under the Act. Any further reproduction of communication of this material by you may be the subject of copyright protection under the Act. Do not remove this notice.

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country

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