Collecting Societies to Merge

In Copyright on 5 April 2012 at 18:30

Collecting societies Copyright Agency Limited (‘CAL’) and Viscopy have received regulatory approval to merge.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) today issued a draft determination authorising a services agreement between the organisations. Under the agreement, CAL will provide membership, licensing and administrative services to Viscopy’s members and licensees. Viscopy’s board will continue to serve its members.

“It will create a ‘one-stop-shop’ for any organisation wanting licence approval to use domestic or internationally created text and artistic content,” Viscopy said.

Regulatory approval will last for five years and the arrangement is expected to take effect from mid-2012.

Viscopy provides copyright management services to visual artists, such as fine artists, photographers and cartoonists. CAL provides rights management services to holders of copyright in print materials, including publishers, authors and visual artists.

Collecting societies are  not-for-profit organisations. They act as non-exclusive agents managing rights on behalf of copyright holders under provisions of the Copyright Act 1968. Membership of the collecting societies is free and voluntary, and both CAL and VIscopy are signatories to the Australian Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies.

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