July 10, 2017

Australian creators to receive $1.3 million from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund

Grants for 56 projects have just been announced including funding for the development of more than 15 new Australian plays and the inaugural Australian Reading Hour in September. The Stella Prize, the Melbourne Writers Festival and the National Young Writers Festival are also beneficiaries of grants just announced by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. In […]

KUBA DORABIALSKI Invocation Trilogy #1: Floor Dance of Lenin's Resurrection 2017 Single channel video Production still © Kuba Dorabialski / Licensed by Viscopy

July 10, 2017

John Fries art award announced next month

The 2017 John Fries Award (worth $10,000) will be announced on 11 August at UNSW Galleries in Paddington, Sydney. The annual $10,000 award recognises the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. The 12 finalists will present multiple works in the exhibition, open to the public at Sydney’s UNSW Galleries from […]

July 10, 2017

Sharing your Copyright Agency payments with other rightsholders

Our major distributions for the year have recently been sent out and we would like to ensure our members are aware that you might need to share the payment with your co-authors or publisher if you are not the sole rightsholder. To check, please see the Notes section of your payment summary. If the terms: […]

July 10, 2017

Changes to world-leading copyright system risky, say teachers

The President of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English, Wendy Cody, has written in The Australian Financial Review of how important Australia’s copyright licensing system is for their association and for teachers, because “…it’s a fair system and it works because it lets teachers get on with the job of doing what they […]

July 4, 2017

A life-changing Byron writers panel

Authors Tracey Spicer and Barry Jones and former Fairfax book editor, Susan Wyndham, will be interviewed by Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling on the books that changed their lives at the Byron Writers Festival on Saturday 5 August. Visitors to the festival, from 4-6 August, will be able to bring along their life-changing book – […]

July 4, 2017

Create Funding selection is underway

The Career Fund judging panel met at the end of June to review about 60 applications to the May round of the Create Career Fund grants program, which is a stream of the Copyright Agency | Viscopy Cultural Fund. The Create Career Fund supports mid-to-late career artists and authors by providing grants that allow the time to develop […]

June 27, 2017

Creative organisations launch #FreeIsNotFair campaign

Australian organisations representing musicians, authors, visual artists, educators, screen producers and publishers have joined forces to mount the #FreeIsNotFair campaign in response to a push by Big Tech and large organisations to water down Australia’s copyright laws. The campaign’s website www.freeisnotfair.org features leading Australian creators, such as musicians Jimmy Barnes and Josh Pyke, actor, director and writer […]

June 26, 2017

The Copyright Agency and Viscopy to merge

After a successful five-year ‘Services Agreement’ between rights management organisations, the Copyright Agency and Viscopy, the two organisations have agreed in principle to begin the formal arrangements to merge. Between them, the two organisations represent some 43,000 members, ranging from visual artists and illustrators to journalists, cartoonists, surveyors, educational authors and publishers. Viscopy Chair, Tim […]

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