Course Title: Use and respect copyright

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4372 Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Title: Use and respect copyright

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2017

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

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Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use and respect copyright. It covers maintaining control over the copyright owner’s work, commercialising copyright material, preventing the unauthorised use of an original work and using other party’s original work legitimately.

It applies to people who may be authors, creators or other owners of works covered by copyright. It also applies to employees who have a role in ensuring that their organisation’s copyright is protected and/or that their organisation uses others’ copyright appropriately to benefit the organisation without infringing the rights of copyright owners.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright


1. Identify extent of copyright protection for original works

2. Ensure that copyright protection is effective when using original works

3. Monitor policies and procedures for use of own copyright materials by other parties

4. Monitor policies and procedures for legitimate use of others' copyright materials

Learning Outcomes

The unit will aim to develop the following Performance Evidence

  • review and interpret information to determine how copyright applies in the organisation
  • implement and review organisational policies and procedures to ensure that own and others’ original works are protected
  • recommend actions to address risks and infringements
  • communicate advice or recommendations about copyright to a range of stakeholders
  • identify the need for training on copyright and implement training as appropriate.

 The unit will aim to develop the following Performance Evidence:

  • outline the legislative framework for copyright and its application to the organisation
  • list and describe the types of works that attract copyright
  • identify sources of information and advice on copyright
  • explain methods to limit or deter unauthorised use of copyright material
  • explain direct and indirect infringement
  • give examples of action to take if infringement occurs
  • give examples of when authorisation for use of copyright material is needed and how to obtain it
  • outline different types of licenses and how they apply to the organisation
  • outline options for commercialisation of copyright and potential benefits for the organisation.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be made through submission of written research projects, completed during class and out of class.