March 16, 2017

Strengthen, don’t weaken: Deny big tech its copyright coup

Seamus McGuinness, the Managing Director of Australian educational publisher, R.I.C. Publications, writes about how weakening copyright rules will give big tech companies a free ride on Australian creative content. Download and read the licensed copy from today’s Australian Financial Review newspaper.  

February 2, 2017

Everything you need to know about the Productivity Commission’s findings on copyright

Just before Christmas last year the Productivity Commission’s final report on Australia’s IP arrangements was released by the Government. The report recommends a number of damaging changes to Australian copyright including introducing ‘Fair Use’ and removing parallel import restrictions on books. The Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is accepting submissions on the final […]

December 20, 2016

Productivity Commission’s recommendations attack Australian creators

The Productivity Commission has ignored the testimonials and submissions of Australian creators, authors, musicians, filmmakers, journalists and artists by recommending the removal of protections that ensure Aussie creators receive fair payment for their work. “Australians artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers have a right to receive fair payment for their work. These sweeping changes to Australian […]

December 15, 2016

Copyright Agency response to ‘Copyright row must end’

Australians artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers have a right to receive fair payment for their work. The sweeping changes to Australian copyright laws being cheered on by Fairfax journalist Peter Martin, the Productivity Commission as well as American big tech companies will see these protections taken away. In his opinion piece in today’s SMH and Age, […]

December 9, 2016

Labor’s support for book industry welcomed

“Copyright Agency | Viscopy welcomes the Federal Opposition’s support for Australian publishers, writers and booksellers and their ability to invest in Australian writers by keeping in place territorial copyright which the Productivity Commission wants to abolish,” said Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling. “However we remain gravely concerned about many other proposals in the Productivity Commission […]

November 23, 2016

$160,000 in Fellowships Awarded by the Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency awarded an unprecedented $160,000 for its Author Fellowship and four Publishing Fellowships, along with two NAVA Visual Arts Fellowships at the inaugural Copyright Agency | Viscopy annual showcase in Sydney tonight. “This year’s fellowship announcement will award a record $160,000 providing crucial financial support for the pursuit of creative excellence and innovation […]

November 9, 2016

Member Distribution Update November 2016

The first tranche of the Universities distribution will go out to members in December along with the individually licensed educational institutions. Online member area revamped We’ve recently upgraded our online member portal so you can access your information on-the-go through a mobile or tablet. As a result, all members have to update their passwords. If you haven’t done so yet, please click here to create your […]

October 31, 2016

Firefly, R.I.C. and Jacaranda scoop EdPub Awards

The Educational Publishing Awards celebrated 23 years of excellence last month in Melbourne. Organised by the Australian Publishers Association, the awards highlight the creativity and innovation of educational authors and publishers. This year, the judges assessed 126 titles in 22 award categories. Copyright Agency is a longstanding sponsor of the Publisher of the Year Awards […]

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