September 2, 2019

Copyright Agency launches 2019 Writers’ Royalty and Image Royalty Claim campaigns

This month, the Copyright Agency is once again launching its annual Writers’ Royalty and Image Royalty Claim campaigns. The seven-week campaign is open to Copyright Agency members who meet the eligibility criteria to receive copyright royalties. Non-members who meet the criteria can apply for membership, which is free. For writers, the Copyright Agency is particularly […]

July 2, 2019

$116m paid to members in 2018/19

The Copyright Agency closed off the Financial Year 2018/19 making distributions to members of $116 million. The money, which comes from licence fees paid by the education, government and commercial sectors for using valuable copyright material, is paid across the creative economy – to publishers, authors, academics and teachers, plus to journalists and media publishers, […]

July 2, 2019

New Code of Conduct website launched

The Copyright Agency and all other Australian collecting societies, APRA AMCOS, ASDACS, AWGACS, PPCA and Screenrights, have launched a new standalone website for the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies. The collecting societies are signatories to the Code of Conduct, reporting each year on compliance with the obligations in the Code. The current Code […]

July 2, 2019

A fond farewell after 32 years of service

The Copyright Agency recently farewelled a much-loved team member. Data researcher Than Than Yee started with the Copyright Agency in December 1986, more than 32 years ago. She was the second employee after Michael Fraser, who was the CEO – an extraordinary achievement. 1986 was the year that the agency received its first substantial copyright […]

May 20, 2019

Interim rate set in case against universities

A MESSAGE FROM CEO ADAM SUCKLING Dear members, As promised previously, I am writing to update you on progress in the Copyright Tribunal in the actions against Universities Australia (UA) and the Media Monitoring Organisations (MMOs). Recently, the Copyright Tribunal determined an interim rate that Universities Australia is required to pay in copyright licence fees […]

May 20, 2019

Canadian report recommends copyright changes to support local authors

The Copyright Agency welcomes a landmark report from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which has backed Canadian authors in their push to reform copyright laws in that country. Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “Canadian authors and publishers have endured serious erosions to their livelihoods since 2012 as a result of copyright changes which […]

April 24, 2019

Big Tech is finally being forced to take responsibility

By Copyright Agency Chair, Kim Williams, AM. In my recent trips to Canberra as Chair of the Copyright Agency there has clearly been a sea change in the view of many (if not all) politicians and policy makers on ‘Big Tech.’ While these companies, of course, provide extraordinary services that are widely used, the image […]

April 10, 2019

New four-year schools licence negotiated

A message from the CEO, Adam Suckling Dear Members, I wrote to you at the end of last year about the issues around negotiating new agreements, our disputes before the Copyright Tribunal, and our investment in new systems and services to better serve members. As you know, digital technology continues to change profoundly the way […]

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Image Credit: Winnie Dunn, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Omar Sakr at the Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist event. Photo: Belinda Rolland

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