helenlt on June 6th, 2014
We talk to you all the time about the Part VA and VB statutory licences that we rely onto allow us to copyright material on the LMS and in coursepacks for teaching purposes. What you may not know is that we, and all the other Unis, TAFEs and schools in Australia, pay annual fees to be able to use material under the statutory licences. Some of you may also remember having to participate in a copyright survey a couple of years ago during which each time you photocopied something, you had to fill in a form to report what you had copied.
The fees that we pay are collected by Copyright Agency, who then use data from the copyright survey to determine who to distribute royalties to. If you are an academic staff member, you may be eligible for royalties if your academic publications or other work in which you own copyright were used under the statutory licences.
To claim any royalties to which you may be entitled, you must become a member of the Copyright Agency. Copyright Agency is a collecting society that administers the Part VB statutory license including collecting and distributing royalties. Membership is free and you only need to join once.
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