Copyright Agency payments to Journalists

June 29, 2018

The Copyright Agency has just made payments to more than 4,000 print journalists who shared licensing fees collected from educational institutions, governments (excluding NSW), corporations and associations.

The agency, in conjunction with the MEAA, has previously asked print journalists for information about where their articles have appeared and will do so again later this year to inform the payment allocation process.

Print journalists are encouraged to join the Copyright Agency to ensure they are included in future allocations.

You need to treat all payments from Copyright Agency as income for tax purposes. Where required, the Agency applies Goods and Services Tax (GST), Pay As You Go (PAYG) and Royalty Withholding Tax (RWHT).

If you self-publish content online, it’s important to consider how your work can be copied and shared. Copyright Agency has more information about how to protect your copyright here.

Are you a member of the Copyright Agency? Membership is free, so join now. If you want to find out more about membership, contact Copyright Agency’s Member Services team.

The Australian Copyright Council has further information about journalists and copyright here.