Copyright Policy

This Copyright Policy sets out how Young Voices (UK) Ltd. and Young Voices International (henceforth known as Young Voices) uses and protects the creators of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, sound recordings, broadcasts, films, and typographical arrangements of published editions in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Under this Act it is the policy of Young Voices to control the ways in which our material may be used including, but not limited to, authorised and/or unauthorised rehearsals, illegal copying, online resources, and hard copy resources. This policy forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Young Voices reserves the right to change our copyright policy from time to time by publishing an updated policy on www.youngvoices.co.uk, which shall become effective and replace any previous policies with effect from publication.  

What is Copyright?

Copyright law gives the copyright owner the exclusive right to control the use of copyright protected works. All of the material published on our website, other digital/wireless platforms, and received through the post (e.g. Music Pack and Information Book) are protected by copyright law and should only be used as set out in this policy.

Use of copyrighted material outside of our guidelines and without our permission may therefore infringe our copyright which can result in personal and corporate liability. When stated that something is not allowed or permitted, to then do so is a breach of our terms and conditions (i.e. is a breach of contract) and may also violate copyright law.

How may I use Young Voices materials?

The following applies to digital and print materials:

  • View our digital content for your personal use on any device that is compatible with www.youngvoices.co.uk (this might be your PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device);
  • Share links to our website on any external websites;
  • Access online resources as directed by Young Voices;
  • Use printed material given out by Young Voices.

How may I distribute Young Voices materials?

We recognise that due to working with schools, distribution of music and resources to parents is a top priority for our teachers. We therefore permit limited copying and distribution of Young Voices materials as set out below - provided that distribution also adheres to what is not permitted.

For printed materials, you may do the following:

  • Copy and distribute Parent Order Forms provided by Young Voices in your Information Book;
  • Copy and distribute any announcements (e.g. parking, egress, venue opening times);
  • Copy and distribute Lyric Sheets.

For digital materials, you may do the following:

  • Share information on how to access Young Voices Music through the App stores;
  • Encourage use of our website.

What am I not permitted to do with Young Voices materials?

You cannot do anything other than make use of Young Voices materials as set out above. This includes:

  • Do not copy or distribute the music provided in the Music Book;
  • Do not copy or distribute the resources provided (i.e. backing track, full vocals, and choreography DVD);
  • Do not copy or distribute branding (e.g. choir t-shirts, YV logo) onto unauthorised Young Voices merchandise;
  • Do not copy or distribute tickets;
  • Do not give out restricted access log in details (i.e. log in details for the Teacher Centre, Teacher Resources, School Shop, and Teacher Community);
  • Do not give out the dedicated teacher phone number to anyone other than a teacher at your school;
  • Do not upload mp3s of the resources onto an external website;
  • Do not perform Young Voices materials outside of the Young Voices concerts. If you would like to perform a particular song outside of Young Voices, you must gain your own copyright permission before performing. Details on each copyright is included in the back of the Music Book.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I thought that as long as I link back to your website or give credit, that there are no restrictions on how I can use your content?

This is incorrect. Merely providing a link or allocating credit (e.g. “as seen at Young Voices”) is not a defence to copyright infringement.

Why does it matter if I copy Young Voices materials without permission?

Unauthorised copying is a way of avoiding paying for the value you are gaining by using the content. We make a significant investment in creating materials that deliver value to you. If we are unable to protect that investment by licensing our content and collecting revenue, then it threatens our ability to continue to create the materials.

But in the past, I have been using Young Voice materials in ways that you say I can’t.  Do I have to stop?

Yes, you do. We provide excellent materials and are constantly improving our ways of issuing them. If you see an area that you don’t think we are providing for (e.g. practice materials from home) then we would love to hear your insight and ideas to better our materials for future seasons.

Can we re-publish news or upload resources onto our website?

No. You can however, place a link on your website that goes to the appropriate page on our website. Keeping in mind that you are not encouraging parents to enter restricted areas designed for teachers only.

Is all material published (digitally or in print) protected by copyright?

Yes, it is. As well as all of the content we publish in our programmes, newsletters, email campaigns, mobile applications, etc. Our content is also protected in other ways, (e.g. protected as a database by way of Data Protection).

I have some questions about your policy, who should I contact?

Please email us at contact@youngvoices.co.uk.

Date Author Amendments Approved Review Date
September 2016 Kitanya Murray Version 2 Approved by Management September 2017