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How to clear rights (where there is no Statutory Licence or Voluntary Agreement in place)

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When you intend to use, reproduce or communicate a copyright work, you should first check whether the work is still in copyright. 

If the work is still in copyright and the proposed use is not covered by a statutory exception or a licence, then the school or TAFE will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright owner before the proposed use is made.

To obtain permission, the first step is to identify the author and the copyright owner of the work.

  1. Books/ stage plays/ screenplays
  2. Photographs, illustrations and other artistic works
  3. Films, videos and DVDs
  4. Television
  5. Radio
    • the radio station
    • Community Broadcasting Association of Australia: www.cbaa.org.au
    • Commercial Radio Australia: www.commercialradio.com.au

  6. Music
  7. Grand Right Works 
  8. Sound Recordings 

If a school or TAFE has received permission to use copyright material, this should be clearly labelled when the material is used.  For example, the phrase 'used with permission of [copyright owner]' should be included in a worksheet or on the intranet page containing the material used with the copyright owner's consent.

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