Last Updated: 09/10/2019 16:00
Whenever considering use of a third party's audio, remember the best policy is:
"When in doubt, link out!"
Linking to a reputable, legitimate third-party web site which contains the audio content is the safest thing you can do. But avoid linking directly to an audio file or to any web site which looks as though it may not have the appropriate license or copyrights to serve its content to the public. If linking is not an option, next ask yourself:
(1) Is there a clear and direct pedagogical purpose to my intended use of this audio in my lesson?
(2) Has UNT or the professor licensed/purchased a legal copy of the audio (e.g., do the UNT Libraries own a CD or digital license for the audio)?
If the answer to both of the above questions is "yes," then you might be able to rely upon one of the copyright exceptions described below in more detail. Please read through the below FAQ to determine if one of the exceptions would apply to your circumstances.
Remember, you want to use copyrighted material in such a way as to not end up in a lawsuit. The music and film industries, in particular, are highly litigious. Sure, you may prevail in court, but at what cost? It is very possible to win a court case, but be seriously financially damaged in the process, so think carefully before using copyrighted material without permission.
I'd like to share a portion of an audio asset (e.g., a song or opera) in my online course. How much can I legally share under one of the copyright exceptions?
I'd like to use a set of foreign recordings that I obtained while overseas. I don't think they're copyrighted. Is that okay?
What about Podcasts from PBS — do I need permission to use those?
May I play music or a presidential speech in my course?