ACCC to develop mandatory code aimed at compelling big tech to pay for valuable content

Copyright Agency welcomes the joint announcement by the ACCC and the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts to develop a mandatory code of conduct to address commercial arrangements between digital platforms and news media businesses. While the announcement represents a step forward, the effectiveness of the code is one hundred percent dependent on […]

An update from the Copyright Tribunal

On 22 April 2020 the Copyright Tribunal handed down a decision on Isentia’s application for the Tribunal to reduce Isentia’s interim copyright fees to the same fees that Meltwater is paying. His Honour Justice Greenwood rejected Isentia’s application to have its interim copyright fees reduced. The main hearing into the fees that media monitoring companies […]

Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day

23 April is a date when many prominent writers have both entered (Halldór Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov) and departed from (Cervantes, Shakespeare) the world. This makes it the perfect candidate for UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day: a global tribute to books and authors, their contributions to social and cultural progress, and of course the pleasure […]

Licensee update: COVID-19

Dear Licensees, As you know, the rapid spread of COVID-19 has led to WHO declaring it a global pandemic. I hope that you, your family and loved ones are doing as best as possible under the circumstances. I wanted to let you know that Copyright Agency has taken steps to reduce risk to customers, members […]

Copyright Agency releases $375,000 and brings forward $1.8m in Cultural Fund grants in COVID-19 support

Copyright Agency announces a full program of support for writers, visual artists and publishers in the face of the severe challenges they face as a result of COVID-19. Under this program, Copyright Agency will provide an additional $375,000 in grants to creators, as well as bringing forward to the first quarter of next financial year […]

Supporting creators through COVID-19

For those who work in the creative and cultural sectors, and whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, here are some resources and initiatives that could offer you further support. Books and publishing The APA has a range of resources for publishers on their website. Read more. The ASA has 14 grants of $1,000 […]

Member update: payments during COVID-19

Dear Members, We have understandably had enquiries about whether COVID-19 and the associated necessary public health measures, as well as their economic impact, will stop or delay our payments to members. I completely understand your concern, as many of you are particularly adversely affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. I’d like to assure you […]

Celebrate World Poetry Day!

Power in the slow lane This article by Sarah Holland-Batt originally appeared in The Weekend Australian Review. Amid the bewildering array of so-called international celebrations carrying on weekly, you could be forgiven for not knowing Saturday, March 21, is World Poetry Day. But, unlike International Talk Like a Pirate Day, World Emoji Day — or […]

Image Credit: Sample book artwork spreads designed by Joanna Hunt for Allen & Unwin / Tjanpi (November 2019). Stills are from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers stop-motion animation Ngayuku Papa (My Dog): Bluey and Big Boy; story & narration by Maureen Butler, directed by Jonathan Daw and Maureen Butler, 2018.

Image Credit: 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist. Book covers supplied.

Image Credit: Aboriginal artist Elton Wirri. Photo by Guy Louanglath.

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