Course Title: Use and respect copyright

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: BUSM8787C

Course Title: Use and respect copyright

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright


1. Identify extent of copyright protection for original works

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research copyright and its application to original works

1.2 Identify legislative requirements governing copyright

1.3 Determine the copyright owner of original works within or used by the organisation

1.4 Research the rights of the copyright owner, including moral rights

1.5 Determine whether a copyright notice is required

1.6 Identify sources of information and advice regarding copyright issues and use copyright professionals where required


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

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify material within the organisation that may attract copyright

2.2 Identify and review organisation policies and procedures to ensure that own and others’ original works are protected against direct or indirect infringement of copyright

2.3 Implement policies and procedures to protect the organisation’s copyright, recognising exceptions that allow the legitimate use of own copyright material by others

2.4 Provide advice to relevant personnel about the legal and economic implications of copyright infringement

2.5 Evaluate and make recommendations for the commercialisation potential of copyright material

2.6 Research issues that need to be considered when licensing or selling copyright rights, including the use of copyright collection societies


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Monitor policies and procedures to ensure that the organisation’s copyright is respected locally and internationally

3.2 Create and maintain documentation in relation to copyright agreements where established

3.3 Implement procedures to limit or deter infringement of organisation’s copyright and/or encourage the proper use of the organisation’s copyright

3.4 Make recommendations to appropriate personnel when real or potential infringements of organisation’s copyright may require further action


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

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Research when permission is needed to use copyright material belonging to others

4.2 Advise appropriate personnel about restrictions on and licensing requirements for the use of others’ copyright material, and implement training if required

4.3 Advise appropriate personnel of legislative exceptions that allow use of copyright material without permission

4.4 Monitor policies and procedures covering organisational use of others’ copyright material to ensure it is to the benefit of the organisation

4.5 Monitor organisational use of others’ copyright material to reduce the risk of infringement

4.6 Take action to minimise damage if infringement of others’ copyright material occurs

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.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning will be made in class delivery and project work.
Some external project completion will be required out of class.

Teaching Schedule


Class   Planned Class Activities 
Class 1Course Guide, course aims, explanation of assessment tasks
Introduction to the concept of copyright
Identifying sources of copyright information
Class 2Introduction to the Australian Copyright Act (1968)
Exclusive rights of © owners
Protection of rights
Class 3Copyright in the music industry - Creators, publishers, licensees, licensors etc 
Class 4Copyright collection societies - roles & responsibilities 
Class 5Moral rights and performer’s rights 
Class 6Individual and collaborative copyright creation/ownership
Copyright infringement - penalties/remedies
Assessment Task 1 due
Class 7Copyright clearance issues
Fair use etc
Assessment Task 3due
Class 8Copyright documentation and notices
Test return & discussion
Assessment Task 2 & 4 due





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Demonstrate (through Q&A) an understanding of the basic principles – rights and clearances
Due: Week 6

Assessment task 2
: Research copyright infringements and remedies
Due: Week 8

Assessment task 3: Produce appropriate © notices for recordings
Due: Week 7

Assessment task 4: Complete open-book copyright test
Due: Week 8



Grades used in this course are as follows:
CA  Competency Achieved - Ungraded
NYC   Not Yet Competent
DNS   Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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