December 13, 2017

Strathfield Council agrees to pay for news copyright breaches

Strathfield Council in Sydney has issued an apology and agreed to pay damages for infringing the copyright of newspaper publishers and others. The Council has also purchased a Copyright Agency licence in recognition of the role grassroots journalism plays in providing valuable information to its operations. Copyright Agency’s CEO, Adam Suckling says. “In 2015 the […]

December 6, 2017

Richard Flanagan: ‘We must honour and sustain Australian creators.’

The following speech on creativity was delivered by acclaimed author Richard Flanagan at the Copyright Agency’s end-of-year event in Sydney, 30 November 2017. “In 1964 a rising young Labor politician called Gough Whitlam told a senate enquiry that there was no such thing as a publishing industry in Australia. In 1964 an Australian living in […]

October 25, 2017

Productivity Commission continues to peddle false assumptions on copyright

The Productivity Commission continues its crusade against Australian creators by repeating recommendations on copyright reform based on a mischaracterisation of Australia’s copyright framework. Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling said the copyright sections of the Commission’s “Shifting The Dial” report continue to undermine the value of Australian producers of literature, education materials, music, film and content […]

October 3, 2017

Educational Publishing Awards results announced

The 2017 Educational Publishing Awards, sponsored by the Copyright Agency and Opus Group, were held on 20 September. The Publishers of the Year were Brisbane’s Origo Education in the Primary category and Oxford University Press for the Secondary category. Keynote speakers for the evening included: Gheran Steel (Boon Wurrung Foundation), Chris Gray (Wiley), Adrian Rhodes […]

August 25, 2017

Copyright Agency welcomes Government’s response on copyright

The Copyright Agency today welcomed the Government’s measured response to the Productivity Commission report on Australia’s Intellectual Property arrangements which recognises Australia’s copyright system is critical for creative innovation. Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “Copyright plays a critical role in driving investment in the cultural and innovative life of our nation. We welcome the Government’s recognition […]

August 1, 2017

MPs from all electorates receive the message that #freeisnotfair

Since our campaign Free Is Not Fair began, thousands of letters have been sent to Federal MPs and Senators in all 150 electorates across Australia. It’s not too late to let your elected representative know how you feel about potentially damaging changes to copyright in Australia. Visit www.freeisnotfair.org now and voice your concern. You can […]

July 21, 2017

A quick update on copyright

Things change rapidly in the world of copyright. Here’s a quick roundup of all the latest news. Who stands to gain from Oz copyright changes? Copyright Agency Board member, journalist Chris Pash, revealed in a Business Insider article the interests and alliances that stand to gain from proposed changes to Australian copyright law. He writes: […]

July 11, 2017

Lesson from Canada’s copyright blunder

This Letter to the Editor, appeared in The Australian Financial Review on 11 July 2017 Thank goodness for the Australian Association for the Teaching of English and its logical, progressive view on strong copyright law (“Copyright changes are risky, say English teachers” July 7). In Canada, most educational groups succumbed to the siren call of […]

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