Surveyors are entitled to payment for sale of survey plans by government departments and agencies.
HOW TO BECOME A COPYRIGHT AGENCY MEMBER
Membership of Copyright Agency is free.
Surveyors should complete the membership application online here
If you have any problems filling out the form, or have any additional questions about surveyors becoming Copyright Agency members, please contact Member Services between 9:00am–5:00pm Monday to Friday on 1800 066 844 (toll free within Australia) or by email.
WHY BECOME A COPYRIGHT AGENCY MEMBER?
Under ‘statutory licence’ provisions in the Copyright Act, governments can copy and communicate survey plans without the copyright permissions usually required. In return, the Act provides for fair compensation to the owners of copyright in the plans.
Copyright Agency is appointed by the Copyright Tribunal to manage the statutory licence, including the collection and distribution of fair compensation. Following the failure to reach agreement with the NSW Government on the amount of fair compensation for the Government’s sale of survey plans, the Copyright Tribunal recently issued a determination for the calculation of fair compensation. Arrangements are now being put in place for the collection of the compensation.
The Copyright Act requires copyright owners to be members of Copyright Agency to be paid any amounts allocated for the use of their works.
Membership also assists us to collect fair compensation for the ‘communication’ as well as copying of survey plans.
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