Books

March 23, 2017

Simplification of Copyright Act a Win for Local Creators and Users of Australian Content

Copyright Agency welcomes the Government’s amendments to the Copyright Act which will make it even simpler for students to access a huge range of content, allow libraries to exhibit more material to the Australian public and enable people with disabilities to access copyright material more easily. “These changes remove unnecessary red-tape and are a sensible […]

March 16, 2017

Strengthen, don’t weaken: Deny big tech its copyright coup

Seamus McGuinness, the Managing Director of Australian educational publisher, R.I.C. Publications, writes about how weakening copyright rules will give big tech companies a free ride on Australian creative content. Download and read the licensed copy from today’s Australian Financial Review newspaper.  

February 16, 2017

Australian Content Industry unites to reject Productivity Commission report

We are members of Australia’s content, creative and entertainment sectors, producing Australian work and telling Australian stories across media, screen, music, literature and the arts.   Our sector makes a significant contribution to Australian culture, jobs and the economy employing hundreds of thousands of Australians to produce some of Australia’s best loved stories. We are […]

February 9, 2017

Unfair disadvantages could flow from ‘Fair Use’ proposal: US Chamber

  The Executive Director, International IP, at the Global Intellectual Property Center of the US Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Kilbride, writes in The Australian newspaper today: …”Historically, Australia has been a world leader when it comes to IP legislation and is one of a small group of nations that has effective incentives to create in place, providing legal […]

December 21, 2016

Opinion: Copyright report isn’t innovation – it’s a rip-off

CEO of the Copyright Agency, Adam Suckling, writes in today’s Fairfax press: Mad Max, Muriel Heslop, Deb Mailman, Barnsey, Farnsey, Flume, Sia and Magda. What do they have in common? We all know them because they represent the best of our creative culture – and our Australian identity. They are unique to us: this sunburnt […]

December 15, 2016

Copyright Agency response to ‘Copyright row must end’

Australians artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers have a right to receive fair payment for their work. The sweeping changes to Australian copyright laws being cheered on by Fairfax journalist Peter Martin, the Productivity Commission as well as American big tech companies will see these protections taken away. In his opinion piece in today’s SMH and Age, […]

December 9, 2016

Labor’s support for book industry welcomed

“Copyright Agency | Viscopy welcomes the Federal Opposition’s support for Australian publishers, writers and booksellers and their ability to invest in Australian writers by keeping in place territorial copyright which the Productivity Commission wants to abolish,” said Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling. “However we remain gravely concerned about many other proposals in the Productivity Commission […]

This Book Changed my Life

December 5, 2016

Australians share life-changing stories to protect creative rights

Australians are about to get a glimpse into the creative worlds of well-known celebrities as part of a new social media campaign aimed at encouraging Australian audiences to support and respect creative rights of writers, musicians and artists. Mental As Anything musician and Mambo artist Reg Mombassa, international crime author Tara Moss and The Project […]

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Image Credit: Background image is a detail from the book: Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna – Written by Cathy Goonack and illustrated by Katrina Goonack, Marlene Goonack and Myron Goonack.