May 4, 2018

Introducing the Content Café

Copyright Agency is a supporter of, and contributor to, the Content Café, a hub for copyright information from Creative Content Australia. This platform exists to promote constructive, accurate and informative perspectives on copyright and the role it plays in creativity and innovation, especially for the screen industry. You might be familiar with the screen industry’s […]

Michael Robotham

December 3, 2015

Copyright and Piracy: Michael Robotham

First let me say that I am passionate about freedom of speech, freedom of thought and freedom of expression. I also want to laud the digitalisation of media as one of the greatest breakthroughs in history. Until a few years ago, despite being translated into 23 languages, my psychological thrillers were accessible to a relatively […]

September 14, 2015

Our culture will pay for loss of rights, says Turow

American best-selling author and former President of the US Authors’ Guild, Scott Turow, addressed the Australian Society of Authors’ Congress recently. He urged authors to stand united to retain their rights and for readers to back them through buying their books. Read this edited version of his engaging and informative speech, which was published in […]

John Birmingham

June 23, 2015

Legislation supports Australian authors and artists

The Copyright Agency | Viscopy welcomes the Government’s new legislation targeting overseas websites whose main purpose is to allow people to steal creative works. CEO of the Copyright Agency | Viscopy, Murray St Leger, says “We applaud both the major parties’ support for the legislation to shut down these sites which facilitate massive online theft […]

John Birmingham

May 5, 2015

This is How the Future Works

You may recall a theft last year. Digital ninjas ghosted their way into the private files of a number of celebrities; mostly, but not entirely female actors. The women’s data, some of it in the form of nude photographs was copied and released into the wild. And then something strange happened. Not straight away. It […]

April 6, 2014

Renting Textbooks in Australia

Does renting printed textbooks breach copyright in Australia? What about eBooks? A recent newspaper article suggested renting printed textbooks breaches copyright in Australia. Renting pirate copies, or books that have been illegally imported, might breach copyright. Renting books that have been legitimately purchased don’t. The position is different for music CDs and computer programs. For […]

October 16, 2013

Attorney General on Protection of Copyright

In a recent speech, the Attorney General outlined some of his views on protection for copyright and other intellectual property. In his speech to the Australian International Movie Convention on 14 October 2013, the Attorney General made the following comments about intellectual property: As a lawyer and as a policy-maker, it is my strong belief […]

November 3, 2009

Cultural Fund Increases to $2 million

At the Copyright Agency’s annual general meeting on 25 November, members voted to increase the amount which may be allocated to the Agency’s Cultural Fund from 1% to 1.5% of the company’s licensing income. Based on the Copyright Agency’s 2009–10 licensing revenue, the increase will mean that over $2 million will be available to support […]

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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