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Copyright Guide for Faculty

Videos and tv programmes


Television & radio programmes

You can record television and radio programmes 'off-air' for use in teaching or use programmes from On-Demand services such as i-player.  The recording can be shown during any class and can also be embedded in Power Point presentations on GSM Learn.  They can also be included in the recording made by lecture capture.

Some broadcasters and programme makers are covered by the ERA licensing scheme - and use of these videos needs to comply with the ERA licence conditions as outlined briefly below

ERA Broadcasters include:

•BBC television and radio (all channels), plus programmes owned by The Open University
•Channel Four
•Five Television
•Discovery Channel
•National Geographic.
Licence conditions for ERA broadcasters

Programmes from the above channels can be recorded without infringing copyright, provided that the re-showing is solely for educational purposes. You can also show programmes from iplayer, Demand5, 4 on Demand and ITV player. The recordings can be stored digitally (eg on GSM Learn), however students based outside of the UK cannot watch the recordings from the above broadcasters.  Recordings (including those on the VLE) need to be labelled as outlined here: Click here for labelling instructions

Other videos, tv programmes, commercial  films, videos and DVDs

Can be shown in class for educational purposes  but not loaded on GSM Learn or copied or converted to another format  or saved on a device. This means that you should not include a substantial portion of any film or video in lecture capture recording.   A film that is shown to our students or staff outside of a timetabled class or the VLE is also permissible as long as the showing is clearly for an educational purpose. Extra-curricular film showings can be educational or instructional in nature and can benefit from an exemption under s32 or s34 CDPA.  Showing for social or entertainment purposes would need a Filmbank licence. If in doubt please contact

YouTube and other video-sharing services

These can be shown in a timetabled lecture or class for instructioonal purposes  in the same way any other video can as long as you can be sure the video has been put on Youtube by the rightsowner. Also some videos are uploaded to YouTube on a Creative Commons videos can be included in recorded lectures, but it may be advisable to provide a link for students as the lecture capture may not produce a particularly watchable copy of the video. 

Only creative commons videos should be embedded in GSM Learn pages*.

Be careful when linking to YouTube content or other videos on the internet as you need to avoid linking to content which has been illegally uploaded to Youtube. To find out more about the use of videos from the internet, please see GSM's Guide to Getting the Most from Free Resources.


*How can I tell which videos are Creative Commons? - see