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Copyright: TV/Radio-agreements with Media Stream, LARM.fm and AVU-Media

With these agreements employees at Aalborg University are permitted to use radio and television broadcasts for teaching and research purposes

Published: 08.01.2018 (Last revised: 21.03.2018)

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Television and radio broadcasts are covered by the Copyright Act and may not be copied, stored, or shared without prior agreement with the individual copyright holder of the broadcast.

However, Aalborg University Library has entered into licence agreements with the Media Stream database and the LARM.fm database that contain television, radio, and audio respectively. Additionally, the university library has signed an agreement with AVU-media that allows employees at the University to copy (capture) and store radio and television broadcasts from specific channels in a password protected Moodle forum for teaching and research purposes.

Streaming from Media Stream for teaching and research purposes

Media Stream provides online and streamed access to a large amount of Danish radio and television broadcasts, as well as television and cinema advertisements. AAU employees are permitted to stream broadcasts from Media Stream for teaching and research purposes.

Streaming from LARM.fm for teaching and research purposes

LARM.fm is an online platform where researchers and students can access the largest collection of spoken audio in Denmark, as well as one of the largest international audio collections. LARM.fm provides streaming access to all Danish radio broadcasts from 1931 to the present day from all DR channels. AAU employees are permitted to stream broadcasts from LARM.fm for teaching and research purposes.

additional Broadcasts from the following channels are covered by the AVU agreement:

  • Danish channels: DR1, DR2, DR3, DR K, DR Ramasjang, DR Ultra. TV2, TV2 regions, TV2 News, TV2 Zulu, TV2 Charlie TV2 Free, Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel 6, and Channel 7. TV3, TV3 +, TV3 Puls, DK4, and the Sign-Language Channel. DR radio P1-P5, P6, P7, P8 Mix Jazz Beat, DR Ramasjang/Ultra Radio, DR Mama, The Voice, NOVA FM, POP FM, Radio24syv
  • Nordic channels: SVT1, SVT2, TV4, NRK1, NRK2, NRK3 and TV2 Norway.
  • German channels: ARTE, ARD, ZDF, NDR, 3 Sat and RTL and KiKA.
  • English-language channels: BBC Brit, BBC World News, BBC Earth, CNN, MTV, Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Viasat History, Viasat Explorer and Viasat Nature.
  • French channels: France Ô, France 2, France 3, TV5 Monde and Mezzo.
  • Spanish channels: TVE Int. and Canal 24horas.
  • Italian channels: Rai Scuolo and Rai Storia.
  • Chinese channels: CCTV 4 and CCTV 9.
  • Turkish channels: TRT Türk, TRT Children (TRT Aysha) and TRT School (TRT Okul).
  • Other channels: Ariana TV (Afghanistan), MBC

You can either copy (capture) radio- and television broadcasts from the above channels, or you can make  use of an AVU-Media approved outside assistant, who can copy and borrow the broadcasts for you. The Royal Danish Library - Aarhus is an approved outside assistant.

Please note!

  • Please note that feature films that have been shown on TV are not included in the agreement, unless the broadcast includes only small parts of the film. If you would like to use feature films in class, you can read more at "What is permitted with film and video?"
  • The copies (footage) must be of good technical quality There must be no changes or additions to the broadcasts.
  • AVU Media makes reservations that there can be changes during the course of the agreement. E.g. channels may be added to or removed from the list. If you would like to view the updated list of channels, please go to the AVU-agreement website.

Origin, background and history

The agreements were signed in August 2014, and will apply until they are terminated by one of the parties.

Purpose and delimitation

If you make copies (recordings) for storage according to the agreement, please notice that you are only permitted to store them for teaching and research purposes, and only for the duration of the agreement in question. You are required to be able to prove that all copies (recordings) have been properly destroyed upon termination of the agreements.

It is prohibited to download content from Mediestream and LARM.fm for anything other than teaching, study, and research purposes.

Overall framework

The agreements with Mediestream and LARM.fm are signed with the Royal Danish Library, Aarhus, while the AVU agreement is sighed with AVU Media, a non-profit organization under Copydan that represents producers of film, television and radio. Copydan consists of seven independent copyright organizations, who represent creative and performing artists and writers.

Likewise, AAU has signed a pictures agreement with VISDA (Visual Rights Denmark) that is a non-profit organization under Copydan, who represents more than 2,500 Danish and - through cooperation with foreign affiliated companies - 160,000 foreign artists. The Ministry of Culture has authorized VISDA to negotiate licence agreements that cover all artists and photographers, and to distribute proceeds to those artists whose work is used for teaching purposes by students and staff at AAU.

Finally, AAU has signed an agreement with Copydan Writing, a private company, which is founded and owned by copyright owners of text. The agreement enables legal copying of copyright protected materials such as books, journals, sheet music, homepagest etc. in connection with teaching and research at Aalborg University.

Contact and responsibility

The copyright team at Aalborg University Library communicates information regarding the agreements. You can read more about use of television and radio broadcasts on their website page What is permitted with TV-broadcasts? Or you can contact the team at copyright@aub.aau.dk.

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