Recording TV and Radio for Educational Use

The University subscribes to an Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licence. It allows TV and Radio programmes broadcast by:

ITV (including ITV2 and ITV3)
Channel 4 and E4
Channel Five
Open University

to be recorded, copied, and shown to audiences of University staff and students for educational purposes. Broadcasts can be saved in either analogue or digital format, and can be accessed both on and off campus, anywhere within the UK.

Digital recordings are saved and hosted in the University’s TV and Radio streaming service BoB (Box of Broadcasts).
The easiest way to get programmes recorded is through your Library’s off-air recording service – please contact your Information Librarian for details. You may also record programmes yourself at home, however they should only be delivered to campus in hard copy form (i.e. DVD) and not via email.

Please note that it is a condition of the licence that all recordings, whether analogue or digital, are properly labelled with the following four items:
1. Date of broadcast
2. Name of broadcaster (i.e. BBC)
3. Programme title
4. The wording “This recording is to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence.”

Please contact the Library for labels.

Recording parts of programmes
The ERA Licence allows you to record extracts or clips from programmes. It also permits the making of a compilation of extracts from different programmes, but please note that adaptation, amendment, distortion or mutilation is not allowed. Programme material must be used as it has been broadcast.

Can recordings of television and radio programmes be shown to members of the public, even if no fee is charged?
No. Under the terms of our Licence recordings can be shown to staff and students only for educational purposes. You may need permission or a further licence if you want to show a film or broadcast to members of the public.

Recordings of Satellite and Cable programmes
There is currently no licence covering the large number of channels from other satellite and cable broadcasters, such as Sky and BSkyB.
However, Section 35 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 allows the University to record these programmes for non-commercial educational purposes. Please note that recordings made under Section 35 can be accessed on-campus only, It is also possible for members of staff to make recordings at home if they need to. Such recordings must always be fully acknowledged and labelled that they have been made in accordance with Section 35.

My students are learning how to make a video. Can they include copyright material in their edited videos?
Yes, there is specific provision for this in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. A person giving or receiving instruction in the production of films (which includes videos) or film soundtracks, can copy for non-commercial purposes. Sources should be acknowledged. The resulting video can be shown to the class, but cannot be used for any other purpose. So exhibition to the public, including potential employers, is not permitted.