Melinda Harper
John Wolseley

Visual artists

Since 2 July 2012, Copyright Agency has been managing Viscopy’s services under a services agreement. Our joint operations are referred to as Copyright Agency | Viscopy.

As a Visual Artist, you can choose from two types of membership, we recommend most artists join up for both:

Viscopy membership

Membership of Viscopy entitles artists to licence fees from:

  • Viscopy licences (e.g. to public galleries and auction houses)
  • educational and government use of images in TV broadcasts under statutory licences if you are not a Screenrights member
  • uses of images overseas under licence schemes managed by Viscopy international affiliates.

Copyright Agency Membership

Membership for Visual Artists with the Copyright Agency entitles artists to licence fees from:

joining copyright agency | viscopy

If you are just a member of Viscopy and not a member of Copyright Agency, there is an additional fee deducted by Viscopy from statutory licence fees collected by Copyright Agency. That fee is 17% for income collected between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014, reducing to 10% for income collected after 1 July 2014, regardless of when the income is paid to you.

If you join Copyright Agency directly you do not pay Viscopy’s commission on Copyright Agency statutory income.

If you join both Viscopy and Copyright Agency, there are the following deductions:

  • 25% of income collected from Viscopy’s Copyright licences in Australia and New Zealand and statutory license income collected by Screenrights
  • 10% of income collected by Viscopy’s international partners, which is only deducted if your art is reproduced internationally and income is collected overseas
  • Around 14% of income collected from ‘statutory’ licence fees by Copyright Agency

Please note, if you joined Copyright Agency l Viscopy after July 2, 2012 you are a member of both organisations.  If you joined before July 2, 2012 and would like to check your membership status please contact us on 1800 066 844.


  • Sign up here (Note: This link takes you to the Viscopy website where you can opt to sign up for Viscopy Membership, or Copyright Agency | Viscopy membership).
  • Terms and Conditions

Get advice and help

The Australian Copyright Council publishes information sheets and detailed guides, offers a legal advice service and runs an annual training program.

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Reg Mombassa

Viscopy • Visual Arts

Copyright is important to me. While I don’t mind people being influenced by my work or appropriating it with permission, blatant unauthorised commercial rip-offs can be irritating and insulting.

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