May 3, 2019

Justin Ractliffe awarded 2019 Publisher Fellowship

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has awarded a $15,000 Publisher Fellowship to Justin Ractliffe of Hachette Australia at the Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney. Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “The Publisher Fellowship supports the pursuit of innovation and professional development from global experiences that can deliver benefits to the Australian publishing sector.” The […]

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 1, 2019

Close to $1m in copyright royalties available for WA Surveyors

The Copyright Agency has signed a deed with the Western Australian Government for almost $1m in royalties for local surveyors’ plans. As a result, the agency is rapidly recruiting Western Australian surveyors, as only members of the agency can receive royalty payments for the sale of their survey plans. The 2008 High Court of Australia […]

March 4, 2019

‘Rhyme and Punishment’ takes poetic licence

Australian poetry warriors, Poetry in Action, have developed a new touring show for school students with funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Called Rhyme and Punishment, it is a newly commissioned work from Sydney playwright and actor Sam O’Sullivan and is performed by Eleni Cassimatis, Hannah Wood and Brenton Bell. The show’s premise explores […]

March 4, 2019

US Open Library is infringing Australian authors’ copyright

The Australian Society of Authors has joined with similar organisations in the UK and America to condemn the Internet Archive’s Open Library project, which aims to digitise and distribute books for free. A recent examination of the project by the ASA found that the site was hosting scanned copies of in-copyright books by Australian authors […]

Betty Chimney & Raylene Walatinna, Nganampa Ngura (Our Country) (2018), Acrylic on Linen, 122 x 152cm.

February 26, 2019

Finalists announced for John Fries Award 2019

The Copyright Agency today announced the finalists for the 10th annual John Fries Award. Led in 2019 by respected Melbourne-based visual arts curator and writer Miriam Kelly, the John Fries Award is a $10,000 non-acquisitive award recognising the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. This year’s finalists are: Betty Chimney […]

February 8, 2019

The Stella Prize 2019 longlist announced in Sydney

The longlist for the 2019 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, was announced last Thursday in Sydney. Each of the twelve finalists receives $1,000 from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in recognition and support of their achievement. The longlist contains seven works of fiction and five of non-fiction – including the work of two authors who have […]

February 6, 2019

$45,000 in Fellowships now available from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides almost $2m in funding every year to support Australian creativity through our vibrant writing, publishing and visual arts sectors. For the next month, the Cultural Fund is accepting applications for three highly valuable Fellowships – including a new one for teachers – and grants for emerging artists and writers. […]

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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