May 20, 2019

Interim rate set in case against universities

A MESSAGE FROM CEO ADAM SUCKLING Dear members, As promised previously, I am writing to update you on progress in the Copyright Tribunal in the actions against Universities Australia (UA) and the Media Monitoring Organisations (MMOs). Recently, the Copyright Tribunal determined an interim rate that Universities Australia is required to pay in copyright licence fees […]

May 20, 2019

Canadian report recommends copyright changes to support local authors

The Copyright Agency welcomes a landmark report from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which has backed Canadian authors in their push to reform copyright laws in that country. Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “Canadian authors and publishers have endured serious erosions to their livelihoods since 2012 as a result of copyright changes which […]

May 10, 2019

New guides support creation of accessible digital books

The Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative, supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, has launched two guides: Inclusive Publishing in Australia and Making Content Accessible. Inclusive Publishing in Australia is an introductory guide for publishers and all those who contribute to the publishing workflow, including editors, proofreaders and indexers. It explains how inclusion and accessibility benefit both the […]

April 1, 2019

Exploding cultures that ignore risk

The banking royal commission’s final report has put a spotlight on non-financial risks. For financial institutions, addressing copyright issues is one of the crucial risks that can easily be addressed. “I feel like I gotta say something. Sh*t ain’t sitting right with me.” US rapper, Kendrick Lamar “I feel you bruh. Do it for the […]

March 4, 2019

US Open Library is infringing Australian authors’ copyright

The Australian Society of Authors has joined with similar organisations in the UK and America to condemn the Internet Archive’s Open Library project, which aims to digitise and distribute books for free. A recent examination of the project by the ASA found that the site was hosting scanned copies of in-copyright books by Australian authors […]

November 12, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE Action launched in Copyright Tribunal

Today, the Copyright Agency, on behalf of its 40,000 members, will lodge an action in the Copyright Tribunal to determine the value of the copyright licence Australian universities rely on to copy and share extensive amounts of educational content. The action comes after a breakdown in commercial discussions with Universities Australia (UA), for a new […]

October 2, 2018

Aussie book industry supported at Parliament House

The Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers (PFABW) celebrated its first anniversary in late September with a record number of attendees at Parliament House. Launching the Australian Reading Hour for 2018, co-chairs Assistant Minister the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC and Graham Perrett MP, noted they were pleased with the turn out for such a […]

August 2, 2018

New technology connects students with copyright compliant material

Australian universities learned how to harness technology to better connect their students with copyright-compliant course materials when leading British university copyright expert visited the Gold Coast. Kate Vasili from Middlesex University attended the Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference on August 1 to share her experience with best-practice digital solutions during her visit. Middlesex University partnered with […]

Image Credit: Carriageworks exterior, Sydney Contemporary 2018. Photo by Jacquie Manning.

Image Credit: Winnie Dunn, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Omar Sakr at the Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist event. Photo: Belinda Rolland

Image Credit:

Sign up to our newsletter

Receive updates in your inbox
every month.