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Copying for private use

Staff and students may copy some material for private use under either UOW's Music Licence, or under the new exceptions for copying for private use

Copying music under licence

Under our music licence, staff or students may make a video recording of music performed at a university event for their own private and domestic purposes provided you comply with all of the following:

Alternatively, UOW may provide staff, students and their immediate family with copies of recordings of music performed at a university event provided all of the following conditions are met:

Copying for private use

In additional to UOW's music licence, there are narrow exceptions under the Copyright Act that allow consumers to copy some materials for their own private and domestic purposes.  These rights can NOT be exercised using UOW's IT infrastructure, as such acts are expressly prohibited under UOW's Music, Video and Software Piracy Policy.

The following information outlines what you may do in your own time at home in reliance upon the new private copying exceptions.

Space shifting - Music

The purpose of this exception is to make it legal for consumers to copy their non-pirated music collection from one format, such as a CD, onto a device such as an iPod.

You can copy music solely for your private and domestic use if you comply with all of the following:

  • you do so solely in order to be able to listen to the music on another device (e.g. iPod, xbox, etc)
  • you own the device onto which the music is copied
  • you copied the music from a legal copy that you own
  • you have not copied the music over the internet from a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program (eg podcast)
  • you do not attempt to distribute, trade, sell, or hire either the earlier or later copy of the music (please note, you may loan either copy to a member of your family or household for their private and domestic use)
  • you do not play either copy in public, or attempt to broadcast either copy
  • you did not enter into a contract that prohibits you from making such copies

Format shifting - Books newspapers and periodical publications

The purpose of this exception is to allow consumers to convert their copies of non-pirated books, newspapers, and periodical publications into another format, such as for example, scanning a newspaper in order to be able to read it on a computer screen.

You may copy books, newspapers and periodical publications ('material') for your private and domestic use if you comply with all of the following:

  • you made the copy from material you own
  • the material a legal copy
  • you have copied the material into a different format (e.g, you haven't simply photocopied it)
  • you do not attempt to distribute, trade, sell, or hire the copy (please note, you may loan a copy of the material to a member of your family or household for their private and domestic use)
  • you will not or have not made another copy of the material in substantially identical form
  • you do not attempt to make further copies of material copied in reliance upon this exception
  • you do not dispose the material to another person
  • you did not enter into a contract that prohibits you from making such copies

Format shifting - photographs

The purpose of this exception is to allow consumers to convert their photographs into another format.

You may copy photographs for your private and domestic use if you comply with all of the following:

  • you made the copy from a photograph that you own
  • the photograph is a legal copy
  • you have copied the material into a different format (i.e. from hardcopy to electronic form or vice-versa)
  • you will not or have not made another copy of the photograph in substantially identical form
  • you do not attempt to distribute, trade, sell, or hire the copy (please note, you may loan the copy of the photograph to a member of your family or household for their private and domestic use)

Format shifting - Films

The purpose of this exception is to allow consumers to convert their non-pirated videotape collection into an electronic format.

You may convert analogue videotapes to an electronic format for your private and domestic use if you comply with all of the following:

  • you made the electronic copy from a videotape that you own
  • the videotape is not an illegal copy
  • you will or have not made another electronic copy of the film in substantially the same format
  • you do not attempt to distribute, trade, sell, or hire the electronic copy of the film (please note, you may loan the electronic copy of the film to a member of your family or household for their private and domestic use)
  • you do not dispose the videotape to another person

Time shifting - TV and radio programs

The purpose of this exception is to allow consumers to record TV and radio programs so as that they can watch or listen to the programs at a later date.

You may record a TV or radio program solely for your private and domestic use if you comply with all of the following:

  • you do so solely in order to be able to watch or listen to the broadcast at a more convenient time
  • you do not attempt to distribute, trade, sell, or hire the electronic copy of the TV or radio program (please note, you may loan the copy of the TV or radio program to a member of your family or household for their private and domestic use)
  • you do not show or play the TV or radio program in public
  • you do not broadcast the copy of the TV or radio program
  • you do not attempt to create an indefinite collection of films or sound recordings for repeated use (for information on this last point see section 6.3 of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006)

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