Q: Bird Calls – Can I get a copy of the (pre news) bird calls?
A: Yes, they are available for download on the Radio New Zealand Bird pages.
Q: Cost - Why does it cost more than buying a CD from a shop or downloading an MP3 from an online shop?
A: The vast majority of the items held by the archive are not digitised. Therefore on average for every hour of audio requested there are approximately four hours of ;
Q: Commercially released music (including the bulk of Radio New Zealand Concert’s programs) – What are the issues with requesting copies of commercially released music?
A: While SANTK does hold published sound recordings such as LPs, 45s, 78s and CDs, it is not our primary function to preserve these or to provide copies of commercially released recordings to the public. This is the result of copyright legislation protecting the original owners of the recordings, and the legal complications involved.
Q: NZSO - Can I get a copy of an NZSO recording?
A: In the case of musical recordings featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and its predecessors, recordings cannot be supplied without either the permission of the orchestra management (in the case of commercial or broadcast use), or the signing of a declaration supplied by SANTK (in the case of private listening or research use). For further details of this policy, contact the archive manager.
Q: Poetry & Drama - Can I get a copy of one of the poems or dramas listed in your database?
A: We may have “mechanical copyright” (rights to the actual physical media) however you will have to contact the poet or poet’s family for permission to use poems. Let us know which drama you’re interested in and we will research the copyright issues for you.
Q: Website Audio - Can I publish audio I have obtained from the Sound Archives on my website?
A: Permission must be granted to all websites wishing to feature SANTK audio.
Q: What’s the process if I find something I want a copy of on your website?
A: The Sound Archives Audio Request Process.
If there is anything else you would like to see covered in our FAQ page, please email us with your suggestion.
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