Books

May 16, 2014

Creators urge EU Balanced Position on International Copyright

In an open letter, 18 creator organisations have asked the European Union to support clarification of the mandate for the committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewing international standards for copyright protection. The letter follows the inconclusive ending of the recent meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCRR). […]

Samuel Wagan

May 2, 2014

A poet on a very big adventure

Indigenous poet Samuel Wagan Watson believes it’s his job to entertain his audience and this is just one part of his “great adventure” of being a writer. The Brisbane poet has recently received funding from Copyright Agency’s Career Fund, which he is using to attend the 24th Medellin International Poetry Festival in Colombia in July. […]

May 2, 2014

Report on 2014 Triennial Review of Code of Conduct

Australian copyright collecting societies report annually on their compliance with the Collecting Societies Code of Conduct to the Code Reviewer, a former judge of the Federal Court. In addition, the Code Reviewer invites submissions every three years on the contents and operation of the Code itself. Copyright Agency is a signatory to the Code of […]

April 24, 2014

Miles Franklin Longlist Announced

Australian Literature At Its Finest – The highly anticipated Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist announced. The Miles Franklin Literary Award was first awarded in 1957, through the will of My Brilliant Career author Miles Franklin – and has since been regarded as Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Each year a grand total of $60,000 is […]

April 17, 2014

Copyright Agency’s Board Expands Reading Australia

Ahead of UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, Copyright Agency’s Board has committed half a million dollars from the agency’s Cultural Fund to develop even more resources for teachers to bring Australian literature into the classroom. Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia website has been live since October 2013 and has already engaged thousands […]

April 6, 2014

Renting Textbooks in Australia

Does renting printed textbooks breach copyright in Australia? What about eBooks? A recent newspaper article suggested renting printed textbooks breaches copyright in Australia. Renting pirate copies, or books that have been illegally imported, might breach copyright. Renting books that have been legitimately purchased don’t. The position is different for music CDs and computer programs. For […]

April 2, 2014

Copyright Agency manages Resale Royalty Scheme

Copyright Agency is appointed by the Australian Government to manage the Resale Royalty Scheme for artists, which began in June 2010. Here are the latest statistics about the scheme. Since its start on 9 June 2010 until 9 February 2014, the scheme has generated royalties: Totalling more than $2.28 million From more than 8,000 resales For more […]

Kate Scardifield

March 31, 2014

Judges Announced for the 2014 John Fries Award

The judging panel for this year’s Copyright Agency | Viscopy John Fries Award draws together a respected group of award-winning artists and arts professionals, lending significant gravitas to the $10,000 award for emerging and early-career artists. The award is now open for entries until May 5 and will be announced on August 12 at the […]

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