May 8, 2018

NSW government and education sector: an update from our CEO

Dear Members, I thought I should update you directly on some key licensing matters. As you may know from a message I sent members last November, the Copyright Agency has taken the NSW government to the Copyright Tribunal because of its refusal to pay a fair rate over the last five years for the use […]

May 3, 2018

Copyright Agency awards 2018 Fellowships to two publishers

The Copyright Agency has awarded two Publisher Fellowships at the Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney. The Fellows, Spineless Wonders Publisher Bronwyn Mehan and Monash University Publishing’s Nathan Hollier will investigate what local publishers can learn from international business models in publishing in the United States and Asia. Copyright Agency CEO, Adam Suckling, said, “The […]

April 9, 2018

The latest copyright news

Copyright modernisation consultation The Department of Communications and the Arts has opened a new consultation process on reform options for copyright. It has released a ‘Copyright modernisation consultation paper’ and is asking for views on three areas of the Copyright Act that is says “may benefit from modernisation”. Flexible exceptions: “which need to adapt over […]

March 8, 2018

Copyright Agency appoints Dr Kate Harrison to the Board

The Copyright Agency has appointed highly respected commercial and intellectual property lawyer Dr Kate Harrison to its Board as an independent director, filling an existing vacancy. Kate is a Partner of Gilbert + Tobin and has been the Head of its Litigation practice. Kate’s experience encompasses corporate and commercial litigation, intellectual property advice, commercial licensing […]

March 6, 2018

Copyright Agency licenses Qantas’ special Indigenous livery

As Qantas’ exciting new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Alice Springs recently, members of the Copyright Agency’s visual arts licensing team were on the ground to see the outcome of their work with the estate of the artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The beautiful artwork adorning the new plane is an adaptation of the late […]

January 31, 2018

New fellowships announced and two for Publishers open now

Copyright Agency’s CEO Adam Suckling has announced the Cultural Fund will increase the value of its annual fellowships, from $120,000 to $285,000 this year. Mr Suckling says, “The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund commits some $2m annually from copyright licensing revenue to ensuring that creative Australians keep contributing positively to the cultural life of the nation. […]

January 30, 2018

UK copyright change, the choice is yours

Copyright Agency’s equivalent collecting society in the United Kingdom, the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has applied to the UK Government to operate a new scheme known as Extended Collective Licensing (ECL). Such schemes enable licensing bodies, that represent a significant number of rightsholders belonging to the same class, to extend their licences to cover unrepresented […]

January 25, 2018

Everything visual artists need to know about our recent merger

At the end of last year, the Copyright Agency and Viscopy formally merged. This was after a five year “services agreement” where the two organisations merged their backend operations but maintained two Boards and two separate memberships. Between them, the organisations represent around 40,000 direct and indirect members, ranging from visual artists and illustrators to […]

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

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