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MEDEA (Media E-learning Dialects of English for Actors) has been designed to complement existing web-sites devoted to the study and research of accents and dialects and as such, is intended primarily as a free online tool for personal development. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) retains copyright on all files, (including test sentences, video and audio samples, production photographs and design) pertaining to the MEDEA web-site. You may use the archive without special permission. However, you may make no hard copy, nor distribute any digital file without the express written consent of RCS and the payment of a fee appropriate to the intended use.

  •  Consistent with fair-use law, you may cite the URL of a MEDEA sample in any book, article, paper, training manual, or lecture, etc., without special permission, though you may not include a hard copy or digital file without special permission and the payment of an appropriate fee
  • You may play a MEDEA recording or text file in a lecture, class, training session, or workshop directly from the Internet, or your students/clients may do so from their own individual Internet-connected terminals without obtaining special permission
  •  Also consistent with fair-use law, you may include brief pieces of information (text and audio) from MEDEA in books, articles, papers, training materials, or lectures, without special permission but with proper citation, as required by law. However, you may not include the “native files”, without special permission
  • It is fully expected that actors, writers, directors, voice teachers and others will make use of the archive for research in radio, film and stage productions, though it is requested, as a courtesy, that such use of the archive be acknowledged in the play bill and programme of a theatre production or in the closing credits of a television or feature film as follows:

Special thanks to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MEDEA (Media E-learning Dialects of English for Actors)

If you wish us to provide you with those files, please contact us with full details of your needs. A permissions fee will be assessed, appropriate to the intended use of the files, but sufficient only to cover our administrative costs in the case of non-commercial projects. For information on the policy of fair use, please see this page:

If you wish to request special permission, or are in doubt about whether your intended use requires it, please e-mail:

Caroline Cochrane, Head of Information Services,