Collecting Societies are bodies which have authority to licence copyrighted works and collect royalties on behalf of artists who are the copyright owners. Arts Law advocates for improved transparency and efficiency in the operation of collecting societies and supports proposals by the European Commission to this effect. Arts Law supports strengthened reporting obligations and enhanced control by right holders over the activities of collecting societies. Arts Law has long been engaged in lobbying for increased transparency concerning the fees charged by collecting societies.
The European Commission proposes measures to modernise collecting societies and put in place incentives to promote their transparency and efficiency.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia has successfully lobbied Copyright Agency Limited, Screenrights and Viscopy to make changes to the information available on their websites concerning the fees charged by them to administer the collection and distribution of copyright royalties.
Arts Law made a submission to a review by the Federal Government on the 1% cap on the licence fees paid to the PPCA for the playing of sound recordings on radio.