April 30

Music Search

Use the Smartcopying website search to search for copyright issues related to ‘music’. Select two references of interest and review them for relevance to your situation.

Reference 1

Smartcopying. (n.d.). “Frank Hardcase”: An animation about music piracy for primary/secondary students. Retrieved from http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/educational-resources/copyright-teaching-resources/-frank-hardcase-an-animation-about-music-piracy-for-primary-secondary-students

This educational YouTube video was developed as part of an initiative by Crime Stoppers Australia. Frank Hardcase is an animated television host who interviews two guest speakers about music piracy and its impact on artists. Aimed at students aged 9-15, which is perfect for my role as a primary school educator, the video is lighthearted but touches on important issues, such as the far-reaching consequences of illegal downloading. It would be great for use as a discussion springboard and it can link to the Australian Curriculum through the General Capabilities of Ethical Understanding (ACARA, n.d.a) and ICT Capability (ACARA, n.d.b). It could also be used as an example for students creating their own anti-piracy materials in media arts, as suggested by the text above the embedded video.

Reference 2

Smartcopying. (n.d.). Music and sound recordings. Retrieved from http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/information-sheets/schools/copyright-in-the-digital-teaching-environment-a-manual-for-schools/music-and-sound-recordings

This information sheet provides schools with everything they need to know about lawful use of music and sound in an educational setting. The page begins with an outline of the three music licenses that regulate the use of music and sound in schools – APRA Licence, for public performance and communication of musical works, AMCOS Licence, for photocopying of sheet music, and AMCOS/ARIA/APRA Licence, for reproduction and communication of musical works and sound recordings by educational institutions. Most of the information on this page is relevant to the latter. The information sheet goes on to outline which schools are covered by the licence, what the schools can do under the licence, what the licence does not cover, and relevant exceptions.

Music is used regularly in schools. As a TRT, I use music to play games, such as Freeze, and in the gym while playing sports. I have also attached popular music tracks to videos created on iMovie and played songs to teach music elements such as rhythm and time signatures. Admittedly, I haven’t properly checked the copyright usage terms prior to this brief investigation. The Smartcopying information sheets are an important and informative resource that I can now use into the future.


ACARA. (n.d.a). Ethical understanding. Retrieved from https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/general-capabilities/ethical-understanding/

ACARA. (n.d.b). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability. Retrieved from https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/general-capabilities/information-and-communication-technology-ict-capability/

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Posted April 30, 2019 by murphda75 in category ETL503 Resourcing the Curriculum

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