Government announces copyright changes

On 13 August, the government announced some proposed changes to the Copyright Act. We will keep members informed of further developments.

Copyright industries a ‘significant contributor’ to Australian economy

The Australian Copyright Council has released a PwC report measuring the value of Australia’s copyright industries between 2006 and 2018. The three key findings were that the copyright industries: Contributed $124.1 billion to the economy, which amounted to 6.8% of Australia’s GDP Employed more than 1 million people, or 8.3% of the total workforce Generated […]

Copyright management and royalty income during COVID-19

With exhibitions, sales, teaching and other sources of casual income in short supply, the licensing income and resale royalties that flow to visual artists are more essential than ever. You’ve been asking for advice during this challenging period, so we’ve compiled some tips and information for you. And as always, the Visual Arts team remains […]

Member update: Canada, COVID and more

Dear Members, I write to update you on a recent court decision in Canada; what we have being doing for you around COVID-19; our legal cases; payment for news content by big tech; and the Cultural Fund. Canadian judgement: writers, publishers and visual artists win, but still get smashed I think it is worth soberly […]

An update from the Copyright Tribunal

On 22 April 2020 the Copyright Tribunal handed down a decision on Isentia’s application for the Tribunal to reduce Isentia’s interim copyright fees to the same fees that Meltwater is paying. His Honour Justice Greenwood rejected Isentia’s application to have its interim copyright fees reduced. The main hearing into the fees that media monitoring companies […]

Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day

23 April is a date when many prominent writers have both entered (Halldór Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov) and departed from (Cervantes, Shakespeare) the world. This makes it the perfect candidate for UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day: a global tribute to books and authors, their contributions to social and cultural progress, and of course the pleasure […]

Classic Australian picture book turns 40

Hazel Edwards’ beloved children’s book There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020. Drawn to life in 1980 by illustrator Deborah Niland, the lovable Hippo has starred in seven picture books, a junior chapter book, classroom play scripts, a musical and a short film. The books have also been […]

Settlement reached with NSW Government

Copyright Agency and the State of New South Wales have settled their long-running dispute over the rate that NSW should pay for the use of copyright material by its public servants. The parties have now settled the arrangements for the past liability back to July 2012 and the payments forward to June 2023. Both parties […]