Copyright and Conditions of Use

By submitting an entry for review to the Listening Experience Database you agree to the following terms of our Copyright and conditions of use.

You are liable for any material you submit to the Listening Experience Database, and under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (hereinafter, "the Act"), either you must own the material or it must be covered by the following copyright guidelines:

It is out of copyright - i.e. copyright has expired. For literary and artistic works, this is 70 years after the death of the author(s).

If the work is still in copyright, the material you are submitting is an 'insubstantial part' and therefore too small to affect economic exploitation by the rights owner. The amounts that constitute 'insubstantial use' are not defined in the Act - this is a matter of judgement and a qualitative as well as a quantitative decision (for example, if you quoted a sentence from a murder mystery which revealed the murderer, this would be considered to be a 'substantial part' of the work). However, as a rule of thumb, it is likely to be acceptable for you to quote less than 400 words of continuous prose from a large work (such as a book) or 10% of a shorter work (such as a newspaper article or letter).

It must be suitable for use under the Criticism or Review Fair Dealing provision - that is, any copyright material must be accompanied by sufficient acknowledgement to the rights holder and you should reproduce no more than the extract/material required to fulfil your purposes. Please note that a work is not reviewed or criticised where it is reproduced without comment, in an illustrative manner, or in another form.

We reserve the right to edit the material in whatever way we deem necessary in order to comply with the Act.

By sharing any contribution (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) with The Open University you agree to grant to The Open University and to the Royal College of Music, free of charge, permission to use the material in any way (including modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) for Open University and Royal College of Music purposes in any media worldwide.

If quoting material from the database, you must acknowledge both the Listening Experience Database, using the wording:

The Listening Experience Database, (date accessed: [insert the date you accessed LED])

and any identified author of the quoted material (using the bibliographical information provided in the database record).

Your use of the database is also governed by the terms of the following statements (note: links open in this window):

Copyright of OU websites

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Terms and conditions for 'self-registered users' (PDF)