Copyright can be very complicated when it comes to multimedia content.
There can be different copyrights in sound, text, images, video, typographical layouts. If you are re-using multimedia material, make sure you have checked it all out!
Who is likely to own the copyright?
How long does copyright last?
Some sectors of activity have set up organisations to promote and protect the copyrights of their members, and to collect royalties. These are often the best places to begin an enquiry about copyright permissions.
The Music Licence
The University is required by law to make returns to the Performing Right Society (PRS). The PRS pays royalties to composers, songwriters and publishers when their music is broadcast on TV or radio, performed or played in public, whether live or recorded, or streamed or downloaded. They work in conjunction with the MCPS (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) who pay royalties when their works are copied as physical products (e.g. CD or DVDs), streamed or downloaded, or used in TV and film.
We also have to make returns to the PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) which pays royalties to record companies and performers for recorded music broadcast on TV, radio or online, and also when TV or radio is played in public places.
This all sounds complicated, but these organisations now work together and provide their services via The Music Licence.
So this means that if you are doing any of these things you just need to make one report.
Contact the University's Property & Facilities Service Desk to find out how to report your data.
Music used in lectures, for the purpose of education, does not require to be included in the return.
Music that must be reported includes music used on university premises for events such as open days (university, department, school) campus openings, sporting activities/classes, background music, promotional discs, hosted dinners etc Playlists should be provided, including the recording artist's name or the group or individual performer’s name.