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Educational use

Screenrights collects royalties for the educational use of programs in Australia and New Zealand. The royalties are generated when a licensed educational institution copies from television or radio, or communicates a copy they have made by making it available to staff and students on a network, or emailing a copy to staff and students.

Under their licences, educational institutions can also copy certain audiovisual material made available on the internet. In Australia, this is limited to broadcast material put online by the broadcaster (a podcast made available on their website, for example). In New Zealand, this is broader and includes most audiovisual material legally made available online.

What is Screenrights role?

Screenrights negotiates licences fees, collects the money, identifies the programs that are copied and communicated, and pays royalties to the rightsholders. Copying and communication is usually monitored through a sample (or survey) system.

How the royalties are calculated

The amount of royalties depends on the duration of the program, the program type, whether the program was copied or communicated, and the type of educational institution that used the program.

Royalties paid

A television program contains a number of copyright materials protected by the Australian Copyright Act and New Zealand Copyright Act.  According to Screenrights' Distribution Policy, royalties are allocated to the following copyright materials:

Copyright Material

Royalty Allocation



New Zealand







Commissioned Sound Recordings



Commercial Sound Recordings



Library Sound Recordings



Musical Works



Broadcast Signal




Screenrights pays rightsholders directly for Film, Script and Commissioned Sound Recordings (CSR).

Royalties for Commercial Sound Recordings are paid via the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) in Australia, and via the Phonographic Performance (PPNZ) in New Zealand. Royalties for Library Sound Recordings are paid via the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) and royalties for Musical Works are paid via the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).

Screenrights also pays royalties for Artistic Works incorporated in programs, which can include paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, photographs and other works of 'artistic craftmanship'.

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