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Anne Potter Wilson Music Library

Audio Streaming Policy

Audio Streaming Policy for Course Reserves

The following conditions apply to the digitization and electronic transmission of audio files for course reserves:

  • The creation and use of digital audio files will adhere to the U.S. Copyright Act, the legal principles of Fair Use, and/or provisions of the TEACH Act. In addition, the Music Library adopts the principles outlined in the Music Library Association’s "Statement on the Digital Transmission of Electronic Reserves," 1 and the American Library Association's "Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research, and Library Reserve Use." 2
  • The Music Library will only create digital copies of works that are being taught in the course. These files are strictly for non-commercial, educational uses, and will only be made available to students currently enrolled in the class.
  • A student must log in to Brightspace (Vanderbilt’s online course management software) in order to access streaming audio files. This authentication requirement prevents others from having access to these files.
  • In compliance with copyright and Fair Use, the Music Library will provide streaming audio transmissions for the following audio materials:
    • Whole or partial performances of all non-dramatic musical works, including all music other than opera and musicals.
    • Reasonable and limited portions of dramatic musical works, including opera and musicals.
  • In compliance with copyright and fair use, the Music Library will not digitize or stream the following audio materials:
    • Materials specifically designed for classroom use and student purchase, such as audio anthologies accompanying textbooks.
    • A recording made or purchased illegally, or that the Music Library knows or has reason to believe was made or purchased illegally.
    • Materials that exceed the nature, scope, or intent of fair use as judged by the Music Library staff.
  • The library or the course instructor should own an original copy of the work. If the library does not own the work, a good faith effort will be made to purchase it.
  • The Music Library will remove access to the files at the completion of the course. The library may store the files on a secure, non-streaming server for future use.
  • The Music Library will include a “Copyright Notice” in each course using streaming audio files to alert users that materials are subject to U.S. Copyright Law, and to indicate that downloading or copying these files is prohibited.


1Music Library Association, Copyright for Music Librarians, "Statement on the Digital Transmission of Electronic Reserves," (accessed 22 May 2013).

2Mary Hutchins, "Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use," College and Research Library News (April 1982), 127-131. This document asserts that the library reserve room is an extension of the classroom. Thus, this policy supports streaming audio examples used in the classroom.