September 6, 2018

Publisher Director election set for October

In July, the Copyright Agency sought nominations from members for three elected Board Director positions – that of Publisher Director, Author Director and Artist Director. Incumbents, journalist Adele Ferguson and visual artist Dr Oliver Watts, will remain on the Board as their positions have not been contested. The two people running for the Publisher Director role are the incumbent Jane Curry (Ventura […]

September 5, 2018

$124m paid to publishers, writers and artists

Dear members, I wrote in Creative Licence in July about changes to the Copyright Agency’s Future Fund, where the Board has decided it is prudent to reduce the amount in the Fund from $15m to $12m over the next three years. You can read my July message here. Further to that, our end of financial […]

August 1, 2018

Australian Book Review subscription giveaway

Copyright Agency is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for our Commercial Licensees to gain a one-year individual subscription to the digital edition of the Australian Book Review for free! As one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines, an ABR Online subscription provides access to original essays, commentaries, new reviews, creative writing and interviews, as well […]

July 26, 2018

Reminder to share your payments

If you are expecting, or have recently received, a payment from the Copyright Agency and you are not the sole rightsholder, you might need to share the payment with your co-authors or publisher. We will alert you to this responsibility in the Notes section of your payment summary by defining the payment as either a ‘Default’, ‘Default pre-claimed’, […]

July 12, 2018

Future Fund changes

A message from the CEO, Adam Suckling. Dear members, I write to update you on the Copyright Agency’s Future Fund which was established by a 2013 Board decision to safeguard the interests of our members in light of serious threats from proposed changes to Australia’s copyright laws. In the interests of members, the Copyright Agency […]

July 11, 2018

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 […]

July 10, 2018

Member survey results 2018

Results of our 2018 member and stakeholder survey are in and we’d like to thank those who participated.  The survey allows us to understand what we are doing well for members and identify areas for improvement. Overall, the results indicate that members have high levels of engagement (82%) and that 81% of members are very […]

June 29, 2018

Copyright Agency payments to Journalists

The Copyright Agency has just made payments to more than 4,000 print journalists who shared licensing fees collected from educational institutions, governments (excluding NSW), corporations and associations. The agency, in conjunction with the MEAA, has previously asked print journalists for information about where their articles have appeared and will do so again later this year […]

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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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