Copyright and music

Griffith has a general music licence with APRA / AMCOS , ARIA and PPCA which permits the use of their music.

Contact the Information Policy Officer for advice on this licence.

Live music and sound recordings

  • Perform live music and play sound recordings at University events organised and authorised by the University, either on or off campus. The ticket price for the event must not exceed $40 (plus GST ) – there is no upper limit ticket price for Graduations.
  • Perform live music and play sound recordings at events organised and authorised by the University, either on or off campus, for University purposes. This includes educational services, showcasing student work, in-house research, and engagement with the University community but not for promotional use.
  • Play or perform music in University spaces and businesses which are 100% owned and operated by the University. This includes retail spaces, dining spaces, student areas, administration areas, art spaces, and health centres, but not the University's gyms or Childcare Centres.
  • Play or perform music for Educational Purposes (for example, analysis, review, or student performances as part of course requirements). Our licence excludes recording or performing Grand Right Works (for example, ballets, operettas), works in a dramatic context, or choral works (longer than 20 minutes duration).
  • Perform or play music in class, or lectures (including online tutorials using Teams, and recordings on Lecture Capture), and use music for teaching within Learning@Griffith or the Music Repertoire Player.
  • Play music in the workplace for the benefit of employees, including in staff rooms, staff tea rooms, and staff-only events, such as Christmas parties
  • Play on University music-on-hold systems.

Contact the Information Policy Officer for advice on this licence.

Videos containing music

Videos that capture sound recordings in context (that is, the live music or sound recording is captured at the time the video is made) and videos that use a staff or student made sound recording in post-production can be:

  • played at University events and graduations
  • streamed on Griffith websites (that is, URL containing griffith.edu.au)
    • ensure you have the performer's consent
    • such videos may showcase Griffith activities, but are not to be used for Griffith advertising or promotional purposes
  • accessed via a password protected University platform, such as Learning@Griffith or Microsoft Stream
      • ensure you have the performers consent.

Note: A Graduation ceremony can be on a Griffith website for 30 days after graduation date, after which time it must be removed. It can then be put on a password protected University platform.

Videos that use sound recordings not made by Griffith staff or students in post-production (that is, added after the footage has been captured) can be:

  • played at University events and graduations
  • accessed via a password protected University platform such as Learning@Griffith or Microsoft Stream.

Contact the Information Policy Officer for advice on this licence.

Griffith social media channels

You may stream videos of Griffith events containing music on official Griffith social media channels (such as Linkedin, Facebook, YouTube etc) only when the music:

  • was performed live by Griffith staff or students
  • is a sound recording of Griffith staff or students made by the University.

Ensure you have the performer's consent. Such videos may showcase Griffith activities, but are not to be used for Griffith advertising or promotional purposes.

Need help?

Advice and support

The Information Policy Officer provides copyright advice and training across Griffith University for staff and students. Contact the Information Policy Officer by emailing copyright@griffith.edu.au or phoning (0)7 3735 5695.

  • Reading List Service digitises and makes readings available online for students through Learning@Griffith in a copyright compliant way.
  • The Library assists with supplying movies and TV material for teaching in a copyright compliant way.
  • Griffith Enterprise advises on ownership and development of potentially commercial copyright, inventions and other IP created by staff and students.

Common questions