Data for distribution

We use different data for different distributions, depending on the data available to us.

Categories of data for distribution

We broadly categorise data for distribution as:

  1. transactional licence data (information about a licence for a single work)
  2. full records (information about each use under a ‘blanket’ total repertoire licence)
  3. survey data (information about usage by samples of licensees): see here
  4. indicative data (information from other sources about content available to a licensee class)

Sources of indicative data

Sources currently used include:

  • supply of digital press clippings
  • library holdings provided by the TAFE sector
  • library holdings and lendings collated and provided by the National Library
  • sales data from Nielsen BookScan
  • information from rightsholders about their published works, available for copying by licensees.

Data for distribution of licence fees from the school sector

For the 2022 distribution of licence fees from the school sector (see infosheet here), we used three sources of data:

• survey data from schools from 2015 to March 2020 (when surveys were paused: see here)
• titles from an online questionnaire completed by teachers in July 2021
• books published in 2020 and 2021, from Neilsen BookScan sales data

Surveys in schools remain paused while new methodologies for data collection are being resolved, with the assistance of the Copyright Tribunal (see here and here).

For the 2023 distribution of licence fees from the school sector, the data will include:

  • past surveys of usage
  • titles from online questionnaires completed by teachers in 2021 and 2022
  • recently published books.

Distributions for ‘works available under licence’

In some distributions, we make allocations to rightsholders for ‘works available under licence’ rather than for specified titles or works. These include the Annual Artists Distribution (see infosheet for 2022 distribution here) and the Annual Writers Distribution (see infosheet for the 2022 distribution here).

7 July 2022


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