September 14, 2015

Copyright Agency awards inaugural Author Fellowship

The Copyright Agency has awarded its inaugural $40,000 Author Fellowship to Mark Henshaw. The announcement was made at the Australian Society of Authors Congress dinner on Friday, 11 September 2015. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Henshaw chose a career as a curator at the National Gallery over the penurious writer’s life, despite his first […]

September 14, 2015

Our culture will pay for loss of rights, says Turow

American best-selling author and former President of the US Authors’ Guild, Scott Turow, addressed the Australian Society of Authors’ Congress recently. He urged authors to stand united to retain their rights and for readers to back them through buying their books. Read this edited version of his engaging and informative speech, which was published in […]

July 31, 2015

One-click solution to connect creators and consumers

A world-first innovation aims to simplify online copyright approvals – and it’s all just a click away. Australian rights management and collection society, the not-for-profit Copyright Agency has partnered with UK not-for-profit The Copyright Hub on its global permission technology, launched overnight in the UK by British Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe. Chair of the […]

John Birmingham

June 23, 2015

Legislation supports Australian authors and artists

The Copyright Agency | Viscopy welcomes the Government’s new legislation targeting overseas websites whose main purpose is to allow people to steal creative works. CEO of the Copyright Agency | Viscopy, Murray St Leger, says “We applaud both the major parties’ support for the legislation to shut down these sites which facilitate massive online theft […]

May 19, 2015

Effective measures to reduce online piracy are paramount

Copyright Agency | Viscopy has welcomed the Government’s Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper, saying reform is long overdue. Chief Executive Murray St Leger said, “It’s well established[1] that Australians overwhelmingly want creators to be paid for the work they distribute online. We want an internet that works for everyone – creators, consumers, tech providers and […]

May 5, 2015

Respect for Artists

Michaela Boland’s article (“Olsen v Sotheby’s puts copyright in the dock’’, 28/4) suggests copyright is “in the dock”, when, in fact, what is beyond doubt is that Sotheby’s has breached the copyright of John Olsen. Copyright is simple. You ask per-mission of the creator to reproduce their work and it is their right to refuse […]

John Birmingham

May 5, 2015

This is How the Future Works

You may recall a theft last year. Digital ninjas ghosted their way into the private files of a number of celebrities; mostly, but not entirely female actors. The women’s data, some of it in the form of nude photographs was copied and released into the wild. And then something strange happened. Not straight away. It […]

February 13, 2015

Creators Defend Copyright at Conference

Author John Birmingham and Cartoonist Sean Leahy spoke about the challenges faced by creators in today’s digital environment to around 100 members at our 4th Campaign for Copyright held in Brisbane last month. Facing arguments that creators need to find new business models to sustain revenues, author and columnist John Birmingham and cartoonist Sean Leahy […]

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

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