US Congress to Review Copyright Law

On 24 April, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee announced a comprehensive review of US copyright law. In his announcement of the review the Chairman referred to the recent testimony to the Committee of the Register of Copyright, Maria Pallante (see blogpost here). The Committee will: …hold a comprehensive series of hearings on U.S. […]

World Book and Copyright Day a Trigger for new Reading Initiative

In conjunction with World Book and Copyright Day (April 23), Copyright Agency is announcing an initiative to expose Australia’s rich writing heritage to future generations – and is releasing the results of a survey that show time-poor teachers need help finding quality resources for the classroom. As UNESCO states, “Books are our allies in spreading […]

A Copy a Day Keeps Creators in Pay

More than a billion pages of copyrighted material are being photocopied or used electronically by schools and universities for teaching every year. Copyright Agency’s Manager of Surveys & Monitoring, James Tweed, says the agency’s annual surveys capture a sample of how much and what is being copied or shared digitally so that creators, such as […]

Australian Creators Get Cash Injection

Copyright Agency has announced its latest round of Cultural Fund recipients, benefiting authors and artists through 46 arts, educational and publishing organisations with just under $800,000 in funding. A significant number of initiatives provide opportunities for Indigenous artists and writers, including $25,000 for the Queensland Literary Awards David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous manuscript; […]

Supplementary Submission to the ALRC

The Copyright Agency has lodged a supplementary submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), which is conducting an inquiry into copyright and the digital economy. Download the ALRC follow-up Submission. It is also published on the ALRC’s website here. There is more information on the ALRC inquiry here, including links to the ALRC inquiry homepage, […]

Statutory Licence a Win-Win for Students and Creators

Authors want to make enough of a living to be able to continue to create original Australian works to be enjoyed by students and the community at large, participants at the recent Copyright Agency Seminar Education:Information, heard. Author, teacher and parent, Angelo Loukakis, told the seminar the ideal situation was for children to have access […]

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 […]

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 […]

Image Credit: Author Fellow, Rodney Hall. Photo by Ross Bird. Non-Fiction Fellow, Krissy Kneen. Photo by Anthony Mullins. Visual Artist Fellow, Khaled Sabsabi. Photo by Khaled Sabsabi.

Image Credit: 2020 Reading Australia Fellow, Karen Yager. Photo by Paul Wright.

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