Overview

The University of Queensland is party to the Tertiary Music Agreement, that allows for various uses of music across the University, for educational purposes and for some University events. The following provides an outline of the scope of this Agreement and how it affects university staff and students. For further information about the Agreement, or if you have any questions, please contact the Copyright Officer (copyright@library.uq.edu.au). 

What is the Tertiary Music Agreement?

The University of Queensland is a signatory to the Tertiary Music Agreement which covers rights that are controlled by APRA, AMCOS, ARIA and PPCA, and permits the University to use music, in certain ways, without seeking separate licences or permissions each time. 

The agreement does not permit staff and students of the University of Queensland to copy musical works for private, non-educational purposes, or to download music from internet sources.

What’s Covered Under the Agreement?

There are two main rights that the Agreement covers, Performance Rights and Reproduction and Communication Rights.

Performance Rights

Under the Agreement, the University is allowed to Perform APRA Works and PPCA Sound Recordings:

  • At University Events (the Ticket Price must not exceed $40);
  • In University Spaces, including; retail spaces, dining spaces, student areas, administration areas, art spaces, health centres, childcare centres and fitness centres on the basis that the business using the music is a University Business that is 100% owned by the University or an Affiliated Institution that provides facilities to Staff and Students.
  • For Educational Purposes; and
  • Play music for the benefit of employees (in staff rooms, staff tea rooms and at staff-only events such as Christmas parties).

Reproduction and Communication Rights:

Under the Agreement, the University is allowed to Reproduce and Communicate Works:

  • Play AMCOS Works and ARIA Sound Recordings at University Events;
  • Play AMCOS Works and ARIA Sound Recordings for use in a course of instruction;
  • Make recordings of AMCOS Works and ARIA Sound Recordings of University Events and Reproduce those recordings for University Purposes;
  • Make audio and audio-visual recordings that contain AMCOS works only available on University Websites and University Social Media Channels (including streaming) and on a password protected University Platform (such as a learning management system) or in a physical format;
  • Make audio and audio-visual recordings that contain ARIA Sound Recordings (In Context) available on University Websites and on a password protected University Platform (such as a learning management system) or in a physical format;
  • Make audio and audio-visual recordings that contain ARIA Sound Recordings (Post-Production) on a password protected University Platform (such as a learning management system) only.

What Limitations Apply?

There are some limitations to the Agreement. For a full list of the limitations, or to discuss your music use, email the Copyright Officer

Copyright advice and support

Please email us at copyright@library.uq.edu.au or contact your Liaison Librarian if you have copyright-related questions.