We are seeking feedback on the extent to which the current Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies promotes fair and efficient outcomes for both members and licensees of copyright collecting societies in Australia.

How it works

Why we want your input
This is your opportunity to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies, and whether the current voluntary Code represents best practice, contains sufficient monitoring and review mechanisms, and if the Code should be mandatory for all collecting societies.
How you can voice your opinion
We welcome written submission from stakeholders by 29 September 2017, 5:00pm AEST
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your submission will assist the Australian Government’s review into the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies, in particular whether the Code promotes fair and efficient outcomes for both members and licensees of collecting societies.

Consultation Information

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The Issue
Consultation Period: 
August 25, 2017 09:00 AEST to September 29, 2017 17:00 AEST

The consultation period has been extended and will now close on Friday 29 September.

The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR) will undertake this review in consultation with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The review will examine the extent to which the Code promotes fair and efficient outcomes for both members and licensees of copyright collecting societies in Australia. This will include assessing:

  1. whether the Code is meeting its rationale and objectives, including promoting confidence and participation in the system, and mitigating any potential market power issues where these occur in relation to collecting societies
  2. the extent to which the Code promotes transparency, accountability and good governance, including by examining whether the Code contains sufficient monitoring, review and dispute resolution mechanisms, and the extent to which the Code represents best practice in comparison with other domestic and international codes and guidelines.
  3. Any other matters that are deemed significant and relevant to the scope of the review following stakeholder consultation may also be examined.

The BCAR has released a discussion paper for stakeholder feedback. The BCAR intends to release a draft report in late 2017 and provide a final report to Government in 2018

Relevant Documentation

Discussion paper: Review into the efficacy of the Code of Conduct for Australian Copyright Collecting Societies

Published 25th Aug 2017

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This discussion paper outlines the key issues for consideration in the review of the Code.

Terms of Reference for the review into the efficacy of the Code of Conduct for Australian Copyright Collecting Societies

Published 25th Aug 2017

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The Terms of Reference state the scope, process and governance arrangements that will underpin the review.

Code of Conduct for Australian Copyright Collecting Societies

Published 25th Aug 2017

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The current Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies in Australia outlines the voluntary standards of service that members and licensees can expect from Australian collecting societies. This document is sourced from the Screenrights website at https://www.screenrights.org/about-us/governance/code-of-conduct , as maintained by the Code of Conduct Review Secretariat. This document has not been produced by us and may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. Please contact us at codereview@communications.gov.au to obtain an alternative copy.

2017 Code of Conduct—Explanatory Memorandum

Published 25th Aug 2017

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The 2017 Explanatory Memorandum clarifies the difference between ‘complaints’ and ‘disputes’ where those terms are used in the Code. This document is sourced from the Screenrights website at https://www.screenrights.org/about-us/governance/code-of-conduct ,as maintained by the Code of Conduct Review Secretariat. This document has not been produced by us and may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. Please contact us at codereview@communications.gov.au to obtain an alternative copy.

Participate

Started August 25, 2017 09:00 AEST
Ends September 29, 2017 17:00 AEST
Days Remaining 4 of 35
Open

Formal Submission

We invite you to share your views on the specific questions raised in the discussion paper, and other issues relevant to the terms of reference for this review.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • if the submission is requested to be confidential, reasons as to why.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

In general, we publish submissions we receive. We will not publish a submission or part of a submission if we consider material to be defamatory or otherwise unlawful or to be unsuitable for any other reason.

Any submissions provided to us may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Australian Government agencies or certain other bodies. We may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While we seek to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, we cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

Step 1: Your submission
The Published name below will appear with your submission on our website. This can be your name or an organisation name. You can also choose to remain anonymous or keep both your name and submission private.
Please select if you prefer your submission to remain anonymous. This means your submission will display on the website with the name Anonymous and your name and/or organisation will not appear anywhere on the website.
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Step 2: Contact details

Please enter an Australian landline or mobile phone number including area code.
e.g: 07 1234 5678 or 0414 1234 567

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We may use your details to contact you regarding your submission and we will never share any of your contact details or make your email, or phone number public abiding by our Privacy Policy. For more about Submitting, Confidentiality and Privacy of Submissions please see our Submissions Publications, Confidentiality and Privacy of Submissions Policy.

Email to send submission to: codereview [at] communications.gov.au

Postal address to send submission to:

Copyright Code Review
Director, Emerging Policy Issues
Bureau of Communications and Arts Research
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Informal Comment

Start date/time: 25/08/2017 

End date/time: 29/09/2017 / 5:00pm AEST

Make a comment

If you don't want to upload a submission you can simply make a comment on any aspect of the review here.

Comments received will help inform the draft report that will be issued for public consultation in late 2017. Individual comments made will not be published but may be summarised in aggregate in the draft report.