RSA video and audio file usage policy

Audio and video files produced by the RSA public events team are available free to view and download. We allow anyone to access our content electronically without charge. We want to encourage the circulation of our work as widely as possible without affecting the ownership of the copyright, which remains with the RSA. 

Any use of RSA Events content has to follow the terms of our Creative Commons licence "Attribution - Non Commercial - Non Derivative" and the guidelines below which may change from time to time. 

If you have any further questions after reading this, please contact us at animate@rsa.org.uk

Is content from the RSA Events copyrighted?
Yes it is. Creative Commons licensing doesn't replace copyright - which remains with the RSA - but it makes the terms more flexible. 

What does the Creative Commons licence allow?
RSA Events audio and video files are licensed under an Attribution - Non Commercial - No Derivatives 3.0 Unported (CC BY NC ND 3.0) 

You are welcome to link to, download, save or distribute this work electronically. You are not permitted to produce and distribute DVDs of this work. If you are interested in using the work, please ensure that:

  • RSA Events and the speaker(s) are credited;
  • The RSA website (www.theRSA.org) is published together with a copy of this policy statement in a prominent position;
  • The file is not altered and is used in full (the use of extracts under existing fair usage rights is not affected by this condition);
  • The work is not resold or used for commercial purposes;
  • A copy of the work or link to its use online is emailed to the RSA Events team.

By downloading RSA public events audio and video files, you are confirming that you have read and accepted the terms of this RSA open access licence. 

Important note: Videos on youtube.com/theRSAorg are licensed under YouTube's standard policy, not Creative Commons. 

Additional guidelines applicable to the use of RSA Events content


Can I repost or republish your videos on my site or blog?
Yes, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Type of site/company: Bloggers, news/information websites and nonprofits may make our videos available under a Creative Commons (CC) licence, provided they follow the rest of the guidelines on this page. 
  • Video player: You must use the YouTube embeddable player. This allows us to further our overall mission by tracking video usage. 
  • Attribution: You must add a visible link back to theRSA.org
  • Running talks in their entirety: You may not edit our video or audio files, or alter them in any way. This is essential for preserving the integrity of the speaker's ideas.

Can I project your videos to a group of people?
Yes, as long as you comply with the terms of the Creative Commons Licence outlined above. We encourage you to share content from RSA Events with your friends, family, students and colleagues. We also offer a number of live video streamed events. Find out more about what's coming up and how to access the free live stream. 

Can I show RSA Events content during my conference?
Yes, as long as it's within the scope of a non-commercial event and as long as your comply with the terms of the Creative Commons licence outlined above. In particular, the talks must be shown unedited, including the RSA visuals and if applicable those of our partners and those of any sponsors as well as the copyright information. We do not allow our content to be used in a commercial context. Please contact us if you are unsure whether this applies to you.

Can I translate RSA videos?
Yes. You can find and contribute to subtitled translations of RSA talks and animations on DotSub.

Can I use RSA Events content in my classroom?
Yes, as long as you comply with the terms of the Creative Commons licence outlined above. Many teachers and educational institutions use our content to stimulate discussion with students or to complement course materials. You are welcome to do so as well. 

Can I re-edit or remix your content?
No. Our Creative Commons licence clearly states that "derivative works" of any kind (edits, cuts, re-mixes etc) are not allowed without explicit permission from the RSA and the speaker. 

May I use RSA Events content on my television channel?
If you are a public or private broadcaster or cable network and wish to include RSA Events content in a television series please contact animate@rsa.org.uk to explore the opportunity.

Can I create an RSA Events service on my company's video platform?
If one or more of the categories listed below characterises your company's business, please contact animate@rsa.org.ukto discuss the options further. 

  • Internet Video Services such as YouTube, Hulu, Yahoo!, Netflix, iTunes etc
  • Cable, Satellite or Telecommunication Operators such as Comcast, Time Warner, Sky etc
  • Television Broadcasters such as BBC etc
  • Specialised Satellite Channels such as Community Channel, Discovery Channel etc
  • Home Entertainment Devices such as XBox, Sony Playstation, Blu-ray, Virgin TiVo etc
  • IPTV Services and Set Top Box Manufacturers such as Humax, Apple TV etc
  • Mobile and Tablet Manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Nokia, Kindle etc
  • Web Browser Applications and Stores such as Opera Speed Dial, Mozilla Market Place, Internet Explorer etc
  • Subscription Based Education Services such as Wiley Publishing, English First etc
  • Other Commercial Entities such as airlines (including inflight entertainment), hotels and retail locations

Documentary use


Documentary filmmakers can use excerpts of RSA Events content in their films, provided the speaker agrees to the use as well. The RSA must secure permission from each individual speaker for any use not produced by the RSA. In order for us to approach the speaker with your request, you must provide us with a brief from the filmmaker on the intended use of the footage, the film's perspective/point of view and distribution plan. 

If the speaker agrees, we will provide footage in XDCAM EX Quicktime format, 1080p25 (35 Mb/s VBR). We do not deliver footage on tape.

No licensing fees are charged, but the footage must be accompanied by an on-screen credit (preferably a lower-third) referencing theRSA.org. We recommend the credit "Full talk available at theRSA.org".

Any requests for use within a documentary should go to animate@rsa.org.uk