June 22, 2018

NSW Government non-payment: an update from our CEO

Dear members, I wanted to update you on our copyright dispute with the NSW Government over non-payment of licence fees for over five years. We participated in mediation on Wednesday (20 June) but were regrettably unable to reach agreement. This means that the dispute will now be heard by the Copyright Tribunal. As I have said […]

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 […]

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

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