March 20, 2024

Resale Royalty international reciprocity is imminent

The Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009 (the Resale Act) allows for reciprocal resale rights to be established with countries that have an operating resale royalty scheme and which entitle Australian rights holders to benefit. Under these arrangements, Australian artists will receive royalties when their eligible works are resold in reciprocating countries, and […]

March 18, 2024

European Parliament approves EU AI Act

On 13 March, the European Parliament approved the European Union (EU) Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act). You can see our earlier post on the AI Act here. You can see the European Parliament’s announcement here. The next steps are: a final lawyer-linguist check formal endorsement by the European Council publication in the official Journal (expected […]

March 11, 2024

Annual Writers Distribution and Annual Artists Distribution deadline approaching

Writer and artist members may be eligible for the Annual Writers Distribution or the Annual Artists Distribution, to be paid in June. If you have not previously received a payment from one of these distributions, you may become eligible if you register one or more verifiable publications containing your works by 31 March. You can […]

March 8, 2024

International Women’s Day: In conversation with our CEO Jo Johnston

Each year the world comes together for International Women’s Day (IWD) to celebrate women’s achievements and reinforce a commitment to women’s equality. The theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is Inspire Inclusion and Copyright Agency marked the occasion by sitting down with our CEO Jo Johnston, to learn about her experiences, Copyright Agency’s dedication to improving […]

March 5, 2024

Consultation on First Nations traditional knowledge and cultural expressions

On 4 March 2024, the Australian Government announced its consultation process on protecting First Nations traditional knowledge and cultural expressions. You can see the announcement here, and more information on the Office for the Arts website here. The development of the legislation is a commitment under the National Cultural Policy, Revive: a place for every story, […]

March 5, 2024

Indian government says copyright framework fit for purpose for AI

On 9 February, the Indian Ministry of Industry and Commerce issued a statement headed ‘Existing IPR regime well-equipped to protect AI generated works, no need to create separate category of rights’. You can see the statement here. The statement says: there is no requirement to create a separate category of rights for AI and related […]

February 26, 2024

Universities Accord final report released

On 25 February, the Government released the Australian Universities Accord final report. You can see the full report here, the summary report here, and the Education Minister’s announcement here. The report contains 47 recommendations, with a strong focus on equity and increased opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The first recommendation is that the objective […]

February 23, 2024

IPA position on Generative AI and Copyright

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has published its position statement on Generative AI and Copyright Policy. The IPA says: The position reaffirms that the existing legal framework is clear. Collecting, handling, storing, and copying works of authorship to train AI models implicates the exclusive rights of authors, which cannot be ignored. Generative AI companies must […]