What is statutory licensing?

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What is statutory licensing?

In Australia, the Copyright Act 1968 lists three categories of licences that are set out under that law or statute. The law says that artistic works and other content can be used without permission provided that fair payment is made by the user. The schemes relate to:

  • Copying and communication in educational and public sector organisations of books, magazines, newspapers, artistic works and other content. This scheme is managed by Copyright Agency.
  • Copying and communication in educational and public sector organisations of television and other broadcasts. This scheme is managed by Screenrights.
  • Retransmitting free-to-air broadcasts by cable TV providers. This scheme is managed by Screenrights.

Each of these schemes ensures that creators are fairly rewarded for use of their work.

Similar schemes operate in other countries and through our extensive network of arts management organisations around the world Viscopy members may receive licence fees for the use of their work overseas.

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