April 17, 2013

A Copy a Day Keeps Creators in Pay

More than a billion and a half pages of copyrighted material are being photocopied or used electronically by schools and universities for teaching every year. Copyright Agency’s Manager of Surveys & Monitoring, James Tweed, says the agency’s annual surveys capture a sample of how much and what is being copied or shared digitally so that […]

April 11, 2013

Statutory Licence a Win-Win for Students and Creators

Authors want to make enough of a living to be able to continue to create original Australian works to be enjoyed by students and the community at large, participants at the recent Copyright Agency Seminar Education:Information, heard. Author, teacher and parent, Angelo Loukakis, told the seminar the ideal situation was for children to have access […]

April 2, 2013

US Court Holds Google’s Book Digitisation is ‘Fair Use’

On 14 November, Judge Denny Chin held that Google’s digitisation of millions of books was ‘fair use’ under US copyright law. The decision (available here) is the latest development in the protracted legal process since authors and publishers initially took legal action against Google in 2005. Authors’ and publishers’ representatives reached a ‘class action’ settlement […]

February 27, 2013

Jail Time for NZ Copyright Infringement

The sun goes down on New Zealand karaoke business owner Desmond Adams, convicted and jailed for onselling music files that breach New Zealand copyright. As the owner of 1st Choice Karaoke in Rotorua, Mr Adams provided karaoke as well as DJ equipment throughout New Zealand. He also operated two websites with international sales reported to […]

February 27, 2013

ALRC Copyright Inquiry

As part of its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) received 283 submissions in response to the Issues Paper released on 20 August 2012. All of these submissions are published on the ALRC website. The main submissions seeking changes that would adversely affect the interests of Copyright Agency|Viscopy members […]

February 13, 2013

Creators in Education Sector Critical

Recognition of the valuable work done by creators in the education sector is critical for the ongoing investment in quality content for Australian students. Several articles have been published recently on issues surrounding education and copyright. In a blog post by Canadian novelist John Degan, he argues against the recent actions by the Ontario Library […]

August 15, 2011

National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper

Minister for the Arts, the Hon Simon Crean MP released a discussion paper for the National Cultural Policy on 11 August. Consultation on a new National Cultural Policy began in 2009 and has involved discussions with the arts and culture sector, creative industries, the general public and government. These discussions have helped to develop the […]

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Image Credit: Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel. ‘Kapi Wankanya’ (2017). Acrylic on linen, 1220 x 2000mm.

Image Credit: Hoodie from Lifewear Australia NAIDOC 2018 apparel collection featuring Geoff Sellman artwork, Her Opal Spirits, 2018. © Geoff Sellman/Copyright Agency, 2018. Photo courtesy Lifewear Australia.

Image Credit: A team of more than 60 graphic designers, engineers and painters at Boeing’s Seattle facility worked with Balarinji to install the design onto the 787-9 Dreamliner, taking more than ten days to complete. There are close to 5000 dots on the aircraft. Image courtesy of Qantas.

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