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 3, 2018

Parliamentary event lauds authors

The winner of the Miles Franklin Award in 2017, Josephine Wilson, spoke at the recent Australian Parliamentary Friends of Books and Writers event at Parliament House Canberra on Monday 18 June 2018. The event, which was co-chaired by Senator Linda Reynolds and Graham Perrett MP, introduced four of the six authors who have been shortlisted […]

June 5, 2018

Understanding Australia’s copyright framework

To assist the current review of copyright law in Canada, the Copyright Agency joined with the Copyright Council, the Australian Publishers’ Association and the Australian Society of Authors to submit a paper providing an overview of our copyright framework and current state of play. This was partly prompted by some misunderstandings about the situation in […]

May 7, 2018

Canada: ‘80% of our licensing income has simply disappeared’

Copyright is under review in Canada. This has come about because of a change to Canada’s copyright laws in 2012 which meant education was added as a copyright exception to the Act – which has resulted in some severe unintended consequences for authors. Similar proposals have been repeatedly recommended in Australia by the Productivity Commission […]

February 16, 2018

Feedback sought on draft report into review of Code of Conduct

The Federal Government’s Department of Communications and the Arts has released the draft report of its review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies. The draft report outlines potential options for updating the Code, “to improve confidence in the collective administration of copyright in Australia”. The Department is now seeking feedback on the […]

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 […]

December 5, 2017

Updates from the December Copyright Agency Board meeting

On 1 December 2017, the Copyright Agency Board agreed to several beneficial changes to member policies. These changes will: assist early resolution of competing claims by different members to an allocated amount and enable funds held in suspense to be paid; change our member terms for new members to make clear that our licensees can, […]

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Image Credit: Hugo Michell Gallery Booth, Sydney Contemporary 2017. Photo: Jacquie Manning.

Image Credit: NGV design store merchandise featuring works by Ruby Tjangawa Williamson, Nita Williamson, Wawiriya Burton with Angela (daughter) and Kathy (grand-daughter). © The Artists/Copyright Agency, 2018 Image: NGV design store Styling: Natalie Turnbull Photo: Daniel Herrmann-Zoll

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