Do Media Monitoring Organisations and the Copyright Agency work together?
Media monitoring organisations (MMOs) in Australia require a Copyright Agency licence to legally copy and share news articles with their customers.
As part of those licence arrangements, Copyright Agency licensed MMOs act as our agent to provide a copyright licence to their customers called a Downstream Licence. Copyright Agency’s Downstream Licence enables customers of licensed MMOs to share certain content received from their MMO within their organisation.*
As of 1 July 2023, Copyright Agency has licensing agreements in place with four MMOs: Gerathy & Madison, Isentia, Meltwater and Streem.
What is covered by Copyright Agency’s Downstream Licence?
The Downstream Licence covers full text articles, or a Portion of an article (a Portion is defined as an extract from a new article comprising of the headline, a link and up to the greater of 50 words, 255 characters of the first sentence) that you receive from a Copyright Agency licensed MMO. Copyright Agency licensed MMOs mark their content with words such as “Licensed by Copyright Agency”.
For avoidance of doubt, content from The Australian and the Australian Financial Review are not covered by the Downstream Licence. Check with your MMO as to any terms and conditions applicable for those publications.
Who is covered by the Copyright Agency’s Downstream Licence?
The Downstream Licence covers “Nominated Users” which is defined as each of your employees and any person retained to provide services to you (excluding public relations, media and marketing companies), the total number of which you have notified your MMO at the start of your agreement.
You can update your number of Nominated Users once every 12 months.
What can I do with the Downstream Licence?
If you obtain full text articles from your MMO (as plain text, jpg or PDF formats), under Copyright Agency’s Downstream Licence you can*:
If your MMO sends your organisation Portion of an article (as defined above), with Copyright Agency’s Downstream Licence you can*:
Do I need any additional licences or permissions if I already have a Downstream Licence?
Additional licences or permissions are required in circumstances such as:
How are we charged for the Downstream Licence?
Licence fees are paid by your MMO to Copyright Agency for the Downstream Licence.
The fees payable by you to your MMO for Copyright Agency’s Downstream Licence are set out in your agreement with your media monitoring provider for this service.
What does the Copyright Agency do with the licence fees?
The not-for-profit Copyright Agency pays back approximately $0.85c in every dollar collected to creators, authors, publishers and journalists. This allows them to continue to develop new high-quality content for organisations like yours to use in the future.
* Guide only. Please refer to licence agreements for full terms and conditions.
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