June 19, 2017

Love, death, power and ego make the Miles Franklin shortlist

60 years ago, author Miles Franklin had a vision: to advance and better Australian literature. As the shortlist for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award is revealed, it’s fair to say Miles herself would be delighted to see five first-time nominees, each with their own distinct voice and writing style, recognised in the Award’s jubilee […]

May 29, 2017

Code of Conduct review 2017

Members, licensees and other stakeholders are invited to make submissions to the Code Reviewer about compliance by Copyright Agency and Viscopy with the Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies. Copyright Agency and Viscopy are signatories to the Code. Their compliance with the Code is reviewed annually by the Code Reviewer. The current Code Reviewer is […]

May 29, 2017

Australian Reading Hour set for September

The Managing Director of Hachette Australia, Louise Sherwin-Stark (pictured), officially launched Australian Reading Hour at the ABIA Awards on 25 May. Here’s an extract from her speech: The Australian Reading Hour will take place on Thursday 14 September. This first cross-industry reading campaign is supported by the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the […]

May 29, 2017

$66m being distributed to members this month

From 23 June, we’ll be distributing approximately $53m to members in the annual schools distribution and a further $13m in the first tranche of the Universities distributions. This year the Copyright Agency has added an extra payment date in June to ensure members receive their payments before the end of financial year. For payment dates, […]

May 25, 2017

Time for the truth to interfere in copyright battle

In an article in Business Insider, the Chair of the Australian Copyright Council, Kate Haddock, picks apart Wikipedia’s campaign to get copyright changed in Australia. She writes: ‘This campaign is about Big Tech companies who want the change so they can use Australian content — music, literature, educational materials, movies — without paying for it. […]

May 2, 2017

Copyright Agency supports renowned authors at Oz Writers Week in China

The first-ever Chinese edition of the award-winning picture book Big Rain Coming, illustrated by Bundjalung artist Bronwyn Bancroft, will be launched at the 10th Australian Writers Week in China from May 10 to 18. The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has supported the annual event since 2014. Chief Executive of the Copyright Agency, Adam Suckling, says “Australian […]

May 2, 2017

Reading Hour – Sept 14 – celebrates books and reading

In an historic first for the Australian book industry, five major organisations have come together to connect Australian writers with their audiences through The Australian Reading Hour. The Australian Reading Hour’s premise is simple. It’s about picking up a book and reading for an hour anytime during the day or night on Thursday September 14, […]

April 18, 2017

Report on 2017 Triennial Review of Code of Conduct

Australian copyright collecting societies report annually on their compliance with the Collecting Societies Code of Conduct to the Code Reviewer, a former judge of the Federal Court. In addition, the Code Reviewer invites submissions every three years on the contents and operation of the Code itself. In December 2016, the Code Reviewer invited submissions on […]

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Image Credit: © Selected artists Samson Young, The Coffee Cantata (Institute of Fictional Ethnomusicology) (detail), 2015, performance in collaboration with Michael Schiefel and Priman Lee. Image courtesy of the artist.

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