April 16, 2014 Washington DC 3:00 PM


                                      USE OF VOA MATERIALS


Domestic and international re-use of VOA materials are subject to separate guidlines. VOA programs are intended for an international audience, however, VOA may, upon request, make available its programs and materials to private individuals, organizations, and media entities in the United States.  In addition, the VOA may enter partnerships to place its programming on satellite, digital, or other platforms that reach its target foreign audience, even if this distribution incidentally reaches the U.S.  This page provides information on both domestic and overseas use.  You can also click on the appropriate link to make a request for one-time use, or to have ongoing access to a program for broadcast use.
 

 


Domestic Use Regulations

Under U.S. law, VOA is authorized to make program materials available for domestic use, upon request, when doing so is consistent with all statutory authorities, prohibitions, principles, and standards. Requests may be for single use or for regular use of programs.  VOA reserves the right to deny requests under circumstances described in Section 502.7 of this regulation.

To review regulation for recurring domestic use, click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I get access to VOA programming for personal use?

VOA makes program materials available within the U.S. through the same news and information websites that VOA uses to communicate with foreign audiences.  To access currently available program materials, please visit www.voanews.com and click on the Usage Request tab at the bottom of the page.

Are all VOA programs available on VOANews.com?

Please note that www.voanews.com links to VOA’s many individual language service websites.  Click the ‘Sites by Language’ tab at the top of the page to see the full range of languages available.  Many programs and news stories are only available on the site for the language service which broadcast those materials abroad.

What sort of programming is available on VOANews.com?

In addition to news and information, full episodes of all VOA radio and television programs broadcast on or after July 2nd, 2013 are available at www.voanews.com.

How can the media or organizations get access to broadcast-quality copies of VOA programming for a one-time use?

Requests for broadcast-quality copies of VOA program materials should be directed to:

UsageRequest@voanews.com for broadcast-quality copies of Voice of America program materials.

Does VOA make its programming available to the media or other organization on an ongoing subscription basis?

Yes.  VOA and the IBB Office of Program Placement evaluates ongoing subscription requests based on the broadcasting principles and standards found in The U.S. International Broadcasting Act.  For more information on the criteria used to determine whether VOA fulfills an ongoing subscription request, see BBG’s policy linked here from the Broadcasting Administrative Manual.

How can the media or other organizations get ongoing access to VOA programming for professional use?

Media entities, or other organizations, may request ongoing subscriptions by filling out an application form found on the Direct System, the BBG’s professional distribution system.  Expect a representative from BBG to contact you about your application.

Will I be charged for accessing VOA programming through the Direct System?

BBG may collect a fee for reimbursement of the reasonable costs incurred to fulfill a request for program materials, including ongoing subscriptions for the Media and one-time requests for broadcast-quality copies of BBG’s program materials.  Any fees will be outlined in an agreement between the Media entity, or other organization, and BBG.

Are there special terms of use for accessing VOA programming on its websites?

Yes.  By accessing Agency websites, Requestors agree to the respective Terms of Use available at:

http://www.voanews.com/info/terms_of_use_privacy_policy/1363.html, or

http://direct.voanews.com.

I can’t find an older episode on VOA websites.  What happened to it?

From time to time, VOA may have to remove content from its website.  For instance, VOA removes program materials from its news websites when required by licensing agreements with third-party copyright holders.  Once materials have been removed from one of VOA's websites, they are no longer available from VOA. 

When VOA takes materials off of its website, materials designated as permanent under the BBG’s records schedule will be transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  Programs designated as temporary under the BBG’s records schedule will be destroyed once they are removed from VOA websites, and are no longer available.  BBG’s records schedule is published in the Federal Register and is available at NARA's website, through this link.  See Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart F for information on how to request BBG program materials that have been transferred to NARA.

Where can I find details about VOA programs, times, frequencies, satellites?


VOANews content is available in more than 40 languages.
 

Radio & TV Program Listings/Frequency Information >>>

TV Satellite Schedule >>>


How can I get free news summary via e-mail?

A: VOA offers free newsletters via email.

Subscribe to a daily news summary:
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What should I do if I have trouble reading your e-mail?
 

A: The VOANews.com e-mail newsletter is set for UTF-8. If you have trouble reading your e-mail, please change the character set on your e-mail client browser to UTF-8


How can I read VOANews on my mobile phone?

A: To find VOA News content in a format optimized for mobile phones and PDA's, use your device's Internet browser and navigate to:

http://m.voanews.com/english/

Then select your desired language.


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Terms of Use/Privacy Notice

Voice of America websites and programs may contain copyright protected material, which cannot be copied, redistributed, sold, or published without the express permission of the copyright owner.  Click the link below for our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Internal Policy

Domestic distribution of VOA materials, and partnership agreements with domestic organizations, are subject to policy regulations established by the International Broadcasting Bureau in accordance with the U.S. Informational and Educational Exchange Act (Smith-Mundt) as amended in 2013 and codified into law. 

Read our Internal Policy Document