April 11, 2013

US Supreme Court Decision on Importation of Books

The decision of the US Supreme Court on 19 March 2013 in Kirtsaeng v Wiley has sparked divided responses. The decision allows importation into the US of books produced legitimately in other countries. See overview of decision, and comparison to position in Australia, here. Comments from publishers: Association of American Publishers Association (AAP) statement on […]

April 8, 2013

Funding Boost Revives the Great Australian Story

A landmark project to reconnect Australians with their home-grown literature is a step closer to fruition thanks to new funding. Copyright Agency’s Board of Directors has announced a further $266,300 in Cultural Funding forReading Australia. This is in addition to initial funding of $100,000. Chair of the Copyright Agency Board Sandy Grant said Reading Australia […]

April 5, 2013

Career Fund Recipients Taking Australian Creativity Overseas

Talented Australian creators will take their careers to the world stage thanks to professional development funding through the Copyright Agency Career Fund. Twelve Australian creators will share in over $32,000 to help build their careers and professional skills through residencies and mentorships in countries as diverse as Norway, Bangladesh, France and Japan. Cultural Fund Manager […]

April 2, 2013

US Court Holds Google’s Book Digitisation is ‘Fair Use’

On 14 November, Judge Denny Chin held that Google’s digitisation of millions of books was ‘fair use’ under US copyright law. The decision (available here) is the latest development in the protracted legal process since authors and publishers initially took legal action against Google in 2005. Authors’ and publishers’ representatives reached a ‘class action’ settlement […]

March 25, 2013

Government Releases Cultural Policy

The government released its National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia, on 13 March. The policy is an outcome of the Government’s 2020 summit in 2008, and the first national cultural policy since Creative Nation in 2004. The policy sets out five goals covering covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; cultural diversity; the central role of […]

February 27, 2013

Jail Time for NZ Copyright Infringement

The sun goes down on New Zealand karaoke business owner Desmond Adams, convicted and jailed for onselling music files that breach New Zealand copyright. As the owner of 1st Choice Karaoke in Rotorua, Mr Adams provided karaoke as well as DJ equipment throughout New Zealand. He also operated two websites with international sales reported to […]

February 27, 2013

ALRC Copyright Inquiry

As part of its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) received 283 submissions in response to the Issues Paper released on 20 August 2012. All of these submissions are published on the ALRC website. The main submissions seeking changes that would adversely affect the interests of Copyright Agency|Viscopy members […]

February 27, 2013

Judges announced for 2013 John Fries Memorial Prize

Emerging visual artists across Australia and New Zealand will have the opportunity for their work to be judged by leading figures in the contemporary art world as part of this year’s John Fries Memorial Prize. Copyright Agency|Viscopy today announced the four judges of the 2013 Prize whose extensive visual arts expertise spans Artbank, the Venice […]

Image Credit: Carriageworks exterior, Sydney Contemporary 2018. Photo by Jacquie Manning.

Image Credit: Winnie Dunn, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Omar Sakr at the Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist event. Photo: Belinda Rolland

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