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Film and television

Film and television programmes are also protected by copyright law. Only films can be used as e-learning and in teaching if you have permission to do so.

As an exception, it is possible to show very short clips from film without special approval from the originator. 

An agreement between the university colleges and Copydan AVU-Medier has been made permitting use of audiovisual materials in teaching.
Below you can read about the parts of the agreement where you do not need consent from the originator.

What are you allowed to do within this agreement?

The agreement gives access to television and radio programmes from more than 50 Danish and foreign channels (television programmes, short film, radio programmes, commercials, music, documentaries etc.) such as DR, TV2, BBC and CNN. With this agreement it is allowed to use television and radio programmes from these channels in connection with teaching without asking the originator for permission.
Films supplied by Center for Undervisningsmidler (CFU) are also allowed for teaching purposes according to the Copydan AVU-medier  agreement. As a lecturer you have the right to show television programmes from the included channels in public if using the CFU streaming service (with WAYF or UNI log-in). Students need permission from lecturers/library managers/librarians to get access to CFU streaming services outside the educational institution. Permission is time-limited (max. 30 days) as a part of the teaching. The procedure describing this can be found in the agreement.

You can get access to the programmes at (https://www.bibliotekerne.via.dk/da/page/mit-cfu)

Recording of television and radio programmes

  • It is allowed to record television and radio programmes under certain conditions using both analogue and digital media:

  • Recordings must be obtained directly from radio/television
  • Recordings must be of a suitable technical quality
  • Recordings must not be changed
  • Recordings must not be distributed in streamed versions (not on internal/external networks either)
  • Recordings must be made and performed by the educational institution or an AVU approved technical assistant
  • Recordings must only be stored for own use

Please note, that the agreement does not comprise television broadcasted films that are part of the usual cinema repertoire. This applies unless the television broadcast only shows a minor part of the work. It is allowed to reproduce this part.
If films are uploaded to Studynet, the film company will have to give permission.


Filmcentralen makes films accessible on subscription. Ask the local branch of VIA Library if there is access.