July 18, 2014

ALCS study finds authors’ incomes have fallen

A new study released by UK Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) shows that authors’ incomes have fallen since 2005. The study, ‘What Are Words Worth Now?’, was based on a survey of almost 2,500 working writers carried out by Queen Mary College, University of London. The survey found that in 2013, just 11.5% of […]

Books

May 16, 2014

Creators urge EU Balanced Position on International Copyright

In an open letter, 18 creator organisations have asked the European Union to support clarification of the mandate for the committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewing international standards for copyright protection. The letter follows the inconclusive ending of the recent meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCRR). […]

April 6, 2014

Renting Textbooks in Australia

Does renting printed textbooks breach copyright in Australia? What about eBooks? A recent newspaper article suggested renting printed textbooks breaches copyright in Australia. Renting pirate copies, or books that have been illegally imported, might breach copyright. Renting books that have been legitimately purchased don’t. The position is different for music CDs and computer programs. For […]

February 20, 2014

APA Welcomes Attorney-General’s Support for Creators

The Australian Publishers Association today expressed concern at a proposal from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to introduce a ‘fair use’ exception to copyright laws. The Association welcomed comments made by the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis, when tabling the ALRC’s final report of its inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy that […]

February 20, 2014

ALRC Final Report Announced

The Government released the final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on 13 February. The major recommendation in the report is that the Australian Copyright Act be amended to include a new, broad, ‘flexible’ exception modelled on the ‘fair use’ exception in US copyright law. ‘FAIR USE’ EXCEPTION The recommended ‘fair use’ exception […]

February 19, 2014

Copyright Agency welcomes Government’s commitment to Australia’s creative industries

Copyright Agency and its members welcome the recognition of the benefits of statutory licensing system for education and government in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on copyright and the digital economy released last week. The current system provides flexibility, choice and certainty for teachers and others who copy and share content, and fair compensation […]

October 16, 2013

Attorney General on Protection of Copyright

In a recent speech, the Attorney General outlined some of his views on protection for copyright and other intellectual property. In his speech to the Australian International Movie Convention on 14 October 2013, the Attorney General made the following comments about intellectual property: As a lawyer and as a policy-maker, it is my strong belief […]

September 2, 2013

Sandy Grant’s Address to NZ Publishers

The following is an excerpt from a speech delivered by Copyright Agency Chair, Sandy Grant at the NZ Publishers AGM on 18 July 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. “I am going to talk today wearing two hats – I am speaking as the Chair of Australia’s collective licensing agency, the Copyright Agency, and as the […]

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Image Credit: Image courtesy of Australian Publishers' Association. Photo: Irene Lorberg Photography.

Image Credit: Akil Ahamat, So the spaces between us can stay soft, 2018. Single channel video, stereo sound; installation, 3D printed resin, chrome, concrete, 80 x 50 x 45cm. © Akil Ahamat | Licensed by Copyright Agency

Image Credit: CREATE judges left to right: Geordie Williamson, Terri Bird and Gail Jones. Photo: Copyright Agency.

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