TV & Radio and Film
Making copies of TV & Radio programmes or digital video files e.g. MP4, Mpeg etc
Last updated 02 July 2020
TV & Radio
Applicable for educational use only
The ERA Licence allows you to record and use clips from TV & Radio programmes. This includes embedding clips into resources you make using presentation software, such as Powerpoint or your interactive whiteboard. Where possible, credit should be given to the original broadcaster. Clips may only be obtained under the terms of the ERA Licence and the clips cannot be edited or adapted in any way that changes them from the original form. Clips and programmes may also be uploaded and shared on a third party exchange platform underpinned by the ERA Licence.
The ERA website contains a curated bank of links to our Members’ programmes and links available online. This is searchable by subject and study level. These links can be embedded into your own work plans or activities.
Please see the ERA Resources Search Tool
Catch-up services and online output:
ERA’s broadcaster Members all provide catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer etc. These services are intended for personal use only, however they have all adapted their terms and conditions for educational establishments that hold an ERA Licence, permitting licensees to use the content in the course of instruction. Programmes and clips may be downloaded where permitted but will be subject to time-outs. Circumventing existing DRM protections to make a permanent copy is not permitted.
No licence is required for use of film in the course of instruction.
Extra-curricular use of film e.g. for a film club will require a licence and you should check the ‘Film section’ of this website for more details. This also applies to film available for download from the internet.
Pre-recorded films on home entertainment formats (DVD / BluRay / digital file, AVI, MPEG / Flash / RM / MP4 etc), whether rented or purchased or downloaded from the internet, are intended for home use only, as per the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Showing films anywhere outside of a domestic, home environment are all considered ‘public performances’ and require a licence from the copyright owner.
You can’t legally make a copy of a pre-recorded DVD or Video or a film downloaded from the internet. Therefore, for concurrent use, schools would need to purchase/hire a number of copies of a film.
Film soundtracks embody the ‘original musical works’; the right perform or play, copy or transmit these works must be separately licensed by the copyright owner. Please refer to the ‘Music’ section of the website.
You are not permitted to edit or adapt any part of a film. Film clips require a special licence provided by the studios individually; the clips department in the various studios may be able to help you further.