APRA AMCOS welcomes updated Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies

Tuesday, 02 Jul 2019

APRA AMCOS and Australian collecting societies ASDACS, AWGACS, The Copyright Agency, PPCA and Screenrights have launched a new standalone website for the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies.

The new site and amendments to the Code are both initiatives undertaken in response to a Government review which recommended:

  • increased clarity around the role of the Code
  • improved transparency around collecting societies’ operations, and
  • strengthened governance arrangements for collecting societies and the Code

The collecting societies are implementing these recommendations with effect from July 2019.

The collecting societies are signatories to the Code, reporting each year on compliance with the obligations in the Code. The current Code Reviewer is the Hon Dr Kevin Lindgren AM QC, a former judge of the Federal Court.

The Code aims to:

  • promote awareness of and access to information about copyright and the role and function of collecting societies in administering copyright on behalf of members;
  • promote confidence in collecting societies and the effective administration of copyright in Australia;
  • set out the standards of service that members and licensees can expect from collecting societies; and
  • ensure that members and licensees have access to efficient, fair and low cost procedures for the handling of complaints and the resolution of disputes involving collecting societies.
Read the new Code of Conduct

Annual compliance review 2019

Members, licensees and other stakeholders are invited to make submissions to the Code Reviewer, by 31 July 2019, about APRA AMCOS’ compliance with the Code during 2018-19.

Read more about the code of conduct annual review process

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