Review of Code of Conduct finalised

The Australian Government’s Bureau of Communications and Arts Research released the final report of the review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies on 1 April 2019. The recommendations outlined in the report seek to: increase clarity around the role of the Code improve transparency around collecting societies’ operations strengthen governance arrangements for […]

Exploding cultures that ignore risk

The banking royal commission’s final report has put a spotlight on non-financial risks. For financial institutions, addressing copyright issues is one of the crucial risks that can easily be addressed. “I feel like I gotta say something. Sh*t ain’t sitting right with me.” US rapper, Kendrick Lamar “I feel you bruh. Do it for the […]

Code Reviewer’s report for 2017–18

The report by the Code Reviewer on collecting societies’ compliance with the Code of Conduct in 2017–18 is now available here. Each annual report on compliance looks at, among other things, Copyright Agency’s management of complaints. Copyright Agency provided information to the Code Reviewer on seven matters, raised by members and licensees in 2017–18, that are covered in […]

Woodside Petroleum and Audit NSW win Governance Awards

Every year, hundreds of Australian companies and not-for-profits compile annual reports. The Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA), established in 1950, help organisations to improve their reporting standards and recognise those who are excelling in this area. The 2018 Awards and associated Seminar on Reporting held recently gave delegates a chance to upskill as well. Conference participants […]

Safe Harbour Bill expanded

On 27 June, the Government passed the Copyright Amendment (Services Providers) Bill 2017 to improve copyright protections for the disability, educational and cultural sectors. The Copyright Agency welcomes the changes, as does Universities Australia, the Council of Australian University Librarians and representatives of schools and people with disabilities. Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield, said in a […]

Code of Conduct annual compliance review 2018

Members, licensees and other stakeholders are invited to make submissions to the Code Reviewer about Copyright Agency’s compliance with the Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies in 2017–18. Copyright Agency is a signatory to the Code. Its compliance with the Code is reviewed annually by the Code Reviewer. The current Code Reviewer is the Dr Kevin Lindgren AM […]

Breaking down governance

A recent panel at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia’s In-house Counsel Day in Sydney, sponsored by Copyright Agency, heard a new twist on the purpose of brakes on a car. Speaking at a session on governance and ethics, Chief Legal Counsel from Canon Australia, David Field, asked the audience, “What are brakes on […]

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 […]

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Image Credit: Griffith Review covers: Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments – Jesse Marlow, Lal Lal 2012. Griffith Review 66: The Light Ascending – Monica Rohan, Cold Frizzle 2016. Griffith Review 68: Getting On – Anna Di Mezza, Memory’s Persistence 2016.

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