Copyright Agency Announces New Appointment to the Board

November 22, 2022

Copyright Agency Chair Dr Kate Harrison today welcomes Sophie Cunningham to the Board. The appointment was announced at the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 21 November 2022.

Ms Cunningham was nominated by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and joins the board as one of two ASA nominee directors. She takes the place of outgoing author director Anne Maria Nicholson, who has served on the Board since November 2019.

Dr Harrison says, “I’m delighted to welcome Sophie to the Copyright Agency. Her significant service to Australia’s literature landscape is renowned, having received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Working for more than 30 years across all disciplines of the Australian publishing sector as an author of four books, a former editor of Meanjin, a founding member of the Stella Prize and the current Chair of the Literature Strategy Panel of the Australia Council, Sophie brings a unique level of experience and knowledge that will be invaluable to the Board.”

Dr Harrison thanked Anne Maria Nicholson for her tremendous and dedicated service to the Board and acknowledged the recent appointment of Professor Matthew Ricketson as the other serving Author Member on the Board.

“Copyright Agency is now entering an exciting period. After establishing new systems that reflect the digital era, we are looking forward to working constructively with our customers and Members to facilitate broad access to content on fair terms that support the sustainability of Australia’s creative industries,  and continue to foster the interests of Australian creators as they inspire the next generation of Australians,” adds Dr Harrison.


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About the Copyright Agency

The not-for-profit Copyright Agency connects users and creators of content, providing licenses for the use of copyright material such as text, images, art and survey plans. We manage the educational and government licenses for the use of text and images, as well as the resale royalty scheme for artists (by Government appointment). Our members include writers, artists, surveyors and publishers. Membership is free.