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About Collecting Societies

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.

Greater Transparency in Fees charged by Copyright Collecting Societies

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.

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