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Audio-visual resources

This sections details specific provision relating to non print media resources such as TV and radio programmes, videos and DVDs and sound recordings 

Television and radio

  • The Educational Recording Agency's ERA Plus licence allows the University to record and keep for educational purposes copies of scheduled free-to-air broadcasts (BBC television and radio; ITV channels, Channel 4, E4 and More4; Five Television; S4C and the Open University and many more).
  • Broadcasts can be stored digitally and made available off-campus provided access is limited to staff and students of Solent University and are viewable in the United Kingdom only. These are referred to as "digital videos” and are accessible via the library catalogue or via the separate service, Box of Broadcasts (BoB).
  • Scheduled broadcasts delivered via the internet are covered
  • BBC iPlayer, 4OD (4 on Demand) and 5OD (Five On Demand) programmes can be copied and stored. Other on demand services cannot be copied/stored. However, Box of Broadcasts should make the need to use these services unnecessary.  
  • On demand or interactive services where the viewer chooses the watching time or the content are not covered by the licence.  
  • Digital videos, Box of Broadcast recordings and audio recordings can be embedded or linked into Solent Online Learning.  
  • Clips can be made, providing it is not modified and that a copyright statement precedes it.
  • The University has a campus-wide TV licence.

Read our guide to using BoB 

Videos and DVDs

The copyright exceptions relating specifically to educational establishments have widened, allowing more extensive use of materials in conjunction with educational licensing schemes. However, the exception only permits copying of material that is strictly necessary for genuine research or private study, so a film would have to be genuinely relevant to a course. Copying a whole work would not generally be considered 'fair dealing'.

General guidance is as follows:

  • Taking clips from commercial tapes may be permitted subject to 'fair dealing' and if it is genuinely relevant to a course/programme.  You would be best advised to seek permission first.
  • You are not permitted to copy an entire video tape/DVD.
  • Tapes of television programmes can be edited (clips), in accordance with the relevant copyright regulations. There is no limit on the number of clips taken from a tape or the length of these clips. Alteration of the original material is not permitted, eg separating picture and soundtrack, adding voiceovers, taking photographs from the screen or the re-ordering of clips.

Film and TV streaming services

Please note that personal subscriptions to video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime do not permit class use. This is stated in the terms and conditions for such services. For example see clause 4.2 for Netflix and clause C for Amazon Prime.

The Box of Broadcasts service (BoB National) is licenced for streaming TV content on and off campus for educational use. Access is limited to the UK only.


Sound recordings

  • Sound recordings are covered by copyright
  • Copyright generally lasts 50 years from the day it was made or the year within which it was released. In addition, composers and lyricists have copyright protection for life plus 70 years
  • You can currently only copy for examination purposes or copying as part of instruction
  • The library does own some sound effect CDs which are copyright cleared for use in media production.

Tip: sound recordings and music in particular are covered by copyright and permitted copying is very restricted. There are exceptions for comedy, caricature or pastiche.

Page last updated on Thursday 25 January 2018 at 2.32pm.


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