April 4, 2018

Visual artists to claim royalties

The Copyright Agency is mounting a campaign this month to collect fresh data from Australian artists and their heirs about where their works have been published or used on TV. The campaign aims to build a more comprehensive picture about how copyrighted artwork is being used in Australia and provide payments to artists. More than […]

March 28, 2018

Meet our inaugural Artist Director, Dr Oliver Watts

Recently the National Association for Visual Artists (NAVA) General Manager, Penelope Benton, sat down with Dr Oliver Watts, the inaugural artist director on the Copyright Agency board. They discussed the benefits and implications of copyright, as well as new and existing initiatives for visual artists. Why is copyright important? Copyright is a wonderful invention, it takes […]

Fayen d’Evie, Myopic reading, Janaleen sings, and hides, Re-calling From One Body to Another, 2017

March 26, 2018

Finalist selection underway for the 2018 John Fries Award

More than 550 Australian and New Zealand artists entered this year’s John Fries Award, for which the finalists will be announced in early April. Guest Curator and Judge, Consuelo Cavaniglia, says: “This year we have an outstanding selection of applications to assess and we are dedicated to identifying a group of talented artists to encourage […]

March 26, 2018

A guide to limiting ‘casual copying’ of images online

Once your images are online, protecting them from being copied can seem impossible. While it is a difficult area to police, there are some measures you can take to limit ‘casual copying’. Using third party websites and social channels Understanding what measures are taken to respect and protect your copyright on third party sites is […]

Fayen d’Evie, Myopic reading, Janaleen sings, and hides, Re-calling From One Body to Another, 2017

January 29, 2018

Judges announced for the John Fries Award 2018

The judges have been announced for the ninth Annual John Fries Award, for which the call for entries is now open. Consuelo Cavaniglia, interdisciplinary artist, academic and independent curator, continues in her role as Guest Curator and Judge for a second year. She is joined by Sophia Kouyoumdjian, coordinator at Parramatta Artists Studios; Dr Mikala Tai, […]

December 6, 2017

Namatjira Legacy Trust joins Copyright Agency

Following the successful decades-long campaign for the return of artist Albert Namatjira’s copyright, the Namatjira Legacy Trust has enlisted the Copyright Agency to manage the licensing rights of the renowned artist internationally. The rights now reside with the Namatjira Legacy Trust, which represents the Namatjira family, and was established as part of a long-term project […]

November 7, 2017

Namatjira family legacy restored

In October, news emerged that the rights in the work of globally recognised Indigenous watercolourist Albert Namatjira had been returned to the Namatjira family after decades of campaigning. The ABC’s Isabel Dayman reported that the copyright controversy ended, not in a courtroom, but on the phone after the intervention of a high-profile Australian millionaire. Dick […]

July 10, 2017

Australian creators to receive $1.3 million from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund

Grants for 56 projects have just been announced including funding for the development of more than 15 new Australian plays and the inaugural Australian Reading Hour in September. The Stella Prize, the Melbourne Writers Festival and the National Young Writers Festival are also beneficiaries of grants just announced by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. In […]

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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