Review of code of conduct for Australian copyright collecting societies: final report

Publishers and publishing Copyright Sector regulation

Australia's copyright system supports the production and availability of a diversity of resources and materials that benefit Australians. The system facilitates access to and use of copyright materials by ensuring these are made available in such a way that their creators and producers are rewarded for their works. Copyright collecting societies play an important role in the administration of copyright and can support the integrity of the copyright regime in Australia by facilitating access to, and payment for, copyright material.

This review report examines the extent to which the code remains the best mechanism to promote efficient, effective and transparent administration of copyright licences, and supports overall confidence in Australia’s collective copyright management system.

The recommendations outlined in this report seek to:

  • increase clarity around the role of the Code
  • improve transparency around collecting societies’ operations
  • strengthen governance arrangements for collecting societies and the Code



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