Publisher Members


Publisher members include publishers of textbooks, technical works, academic works, scholarly journals, fiction, poetry, newspapers and magazines.

Our core services to publishers are:
  • collecting and distributing copyright fees for educational and government use of works: Copyright Agency has been appointed by the government to manage the copying schemes (statutory licences) in the Copyright Act that allow educational institutions and governments to use writers’ works without permission, provided they make fair payment
  • as the publishers’ agent, licensing works to corporations and others: the agency arrangement is non-exclusive and publishers remain free to license their works themselves

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Our other services include:
  • free information and seminars
  • Monthly e-news (Creative Licence)
  • funding for projects and skills development through our Cultural Fund
  • advocacy

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Many publishers sell resources such as student workbooks and teacher resources with a licence (usually confined to the purchaser of the resource) to copy some or all of the contents of the resource.

The Copyright Agency needs to determine whether teachers made the copies in reliance on direct licences from publishers, or under the educational statutory licence and we rely on the terms of a publisher’s licence to do this. In addition, the Copyright Agency does not always have information about whether the teachers who copied blackline masters were the purchasers of the resource.

To assist the Copyright Agency to work out whether a teacher’s use of a resource is covered by the publisher’s direct licence, or by the educational statutory licence (or neither), the Copyright Agency recommends that publishers review their terms of use for the resource as a whole, and the wording on any blackline master pages in the resource, to make sure that:

  • the wording on any blackline master pages is consistent with the wording of the terms of use for the resource as a whole; and
  • the terms of use for the resource clearly identify any uses that are directly licensed by the publisher.

If you are unsure about how your terms of use would be treated in the Copyright Agency processing of usage records, please feel free to contact Member Services team for clarification by emailing

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