UTS Library

Copyright Guidelines for Video Materials

Using Copyright Video Materials for Educational Purposes

There are many ways you can use video materials in your teaching, such as linking or embedding in UTSOnline or PowerPoint, making a YouTube playlist; or making short clips. The University pays copyright license fees which allows UTS staff to copy (reproduce) and communicate (convey electronically) limited amounts of copyright material to UTS students and staff for educational purposes. The main issues are to ensure that:

  • Any teaching materials you create are accessible only by UTS students and staff (eg in UTSOnline)
  • Videos are either links, or legal copies from a legitimate source (see table below)
  • Embedded, downloaded or edited videos are attributed appropriately (see examples below).

Although this guide will focus on videos, UTS Library has also produced a Fact Sheet which covers keys aspects of Copying for Educational Purposes. Swinburne University has a comprehensive guide to using copyright material for teaching, including using texts, images, music and video materials from various resources.

Permitted use with Attribution

Remember that in nearly all cases, it is legal to show or stream a video in class, or to link to a video on the web.

The table below shows different ways in which content from videos from various sources can be used for educational purposes.

SourceEmbedding¹Clipping²Downloading and editingRelevant
Australian TV and Radio Broadcasts and Podcasts 
(from Library Databases: EduTV, TV News, etc)
yesyesYes for everything broadcast in Australia.

For material broadcast only overseas: only if the licence or terms of use allow it.

Screenrights Part VA Licence

Online videos with a Creative Commons licenceyesyesYes, except for the CC-BY-NC-ND licence which prohibits changing (editing) the materialCreative Commons (CC) licence

There are a range of CC licences and users must abide by the specific CC licence attached to the OER

Online videos without a Creative Commons licenceOnly if the licence or terms of use allow. You should link or stream instead if there is no licence or terms of use.Only if the licence or terms of use allow. You should link or stream instead if there is no licence or terms of use.Only if the licence or terms of use allow. You should link or stream instead if there is no licence or terms of use.

Copyright Act 1968

Films, DVDs, Videos: Screening in Class

Library subscription databases 
(eg Academic Video Online, Kanopy, etc)
yesyesyesSubscription licence (Ask a Librarian for more details)

Catchup services (eg: iview)



  1. Embedding: Refers to inserting a linked version of a video within a web page (eg UTS Online) so that users can view the video without leaving the page. Videos can also be embedded into PowerPoint or Word.
  2. Clipping: Refers to making a short extract from a larger video file, using editing functionality provided by the site supplying the original video (so no additional editing software is required).

Other useful resources are:

Giving Attribution

A good rule for giving attribution is to use the acronym TASL, which stands for Title, Author, Source, License.

Example 1. Giving attribution to a YouTube video using Creative Commons licence

Many videos posted on the web (eg in YouTube) are assigned a Creative Commons licence that defines how the video may be re-used.

"Using the UTS Library Website" by UTS Library. YouTube. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 AU.

Using TASL:

More resources for giving attribution of CC materials:

Example 2. Giving attribution to a library subscribed video resource

"Basic Oxygen Administration" by Medcom. Academic Video Online. Educational re-use permitted.

Using TASL:

  • Title: Basic Oxygen Administration (linked to the video in the database)
  • Author: Medcom
  • Source: Academic Video Online
  • Licence: Library subscription databases have a licence that allows re-use for educational purposes. 

Other useful resources are:

Licensing Your Own Work