Code of Conduct amended

May 19, 2022

Copyright Agency is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies, and reports annually on its compliance with the Code (see here). Members and licensees are invited each year to make submissions to the Annual Code Reviewer (a former Federal Court judge) about Copyright Agency’s compliance with the Code (see here for the call for submissions for the review of compliance for 2020–21). Submissions on compliance for 2021–22 will be due by 31 July 2022.

In addition to the annual compliance review, there is a triennial review of the obligations in the Code: see here. The report of the 2021–22 triennial review is published here.

At paragraph [100] of the report, the Triennial Code Reviewer (also a former Federal Court judge) recommended an amendment to Clause 6.2(a).

The Code has now been amended in accordance with that recommendation.

Clause 6.2(a) now provides:

The provisions of this Code must be interpreted and applied, and any power conferred or duty imposed by them must be exercised or carried out, in the way that best promotes the objectives set out in clause 1.3.