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 […]

New Code of Conduct website launched

The Copyright Agency and all other Australian collecting societies, APRA AMCOS, ASDACS, AWGACS, PPCA and Screenrights, have launched a new standalone website for the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies. The collecting societies are signatories to the Code of Conduct, reporting each year on compliance with the obligations in the Code. The current Code […]

Review of Code of Conduct finalised

The Australian Government’s Bureau of Communications and Arts Research released the final report of the review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies on 1 April 2019. The recommendations outlined in the report seek to: increase clarity around the role of the Code improve transparency around collecting societies’ operations strengthen governance arrangements for […]

The latest copyright news

Copyright modernisation consultation The Department of Communications and the Arts has opened a new consultation process on reform options for copyright. It has released a ‘Copyright modernisation consultation paper’ and is asking for views on three areas of the Copyright Act that is says “may benefit from modernisation”. Flexible exceptions: “which need to adapt over […]

Feedback sought on draft report into review of Code of Conduct

The Federal Government’s Department of Communications and the Arts has released the draft report of its review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies. The draft report outlines potential options for updating the Code, “to improve confidence in the collective administration of copyright in Australia”. The Department is now seeking feedback on the […]

Updates from the December Copyright Agency Board meeting

On 1 December 2017, the Copyright Agency Board agreed to several beneficial changes to member policies. These changes will: assist early resolution of competing claims by different members to an allocated amount and enable funds held in suspense to be paid; change our member terms for new members to make clear that our licensees can, […]

Report on 2017 Triennial Review of Code of Conduct

Australian copyright collecting societies report annually on their compliance with the Collecting Societies Code of Conduct to the Code Reviewer, a former judge of the Federal Court. In addition, the Code Reviewer invites submissions every three years on the contents and operation of the Code itself. In December 2016, the Code Reviewer invited submissions on […]

Code of Conduct Review 2016

Members, licensees and other stakeholders are invited to make submissions to the Code Reviewer about compliance by Copyright Agency and Viscopy with the Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies. Copyright Agency and Viscopy are signatories to the Code. Their compliance with the Code is reviewed annually by the Code Reviewer. The current Code Reviewer is […]

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Image Credit: Shireen Taweel, Devices for Listening, 2020. Photo by Document Photography.

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