Copyright Agency Ltd

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Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) is an Australian company incorporated under the Corporations Code for the purpose of providing institutions, especially educational institutions the use of copyright material, in print or electronic form.

Educational institutions (or a body administering an educational institution) may claim a Statutory Educational licence under Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth) [1] by:-

  1. publishing a notice in the Commonwealth Government Gazette (universities, TAFE institutes, full-time primary and secondary schools, pre-schools and kindergartens are exempt from this requirement); and
  2. Completing the Statutory Educational licence notice and returning to CAL; and
  3. Entering into a CAL Educational licence by completing the agreement and returning to CAL.[2]

An annual fee is payable by participating educational institutions based on estimated usage of copyright material, usually determined by student numbers.[3]

CAL centrally manages the reproduction rights of thousands of authors, journalists, surveyors, photographers, visual artists and publishers. Membership of CAL is free to all Australian copyright owners.[4]

CAL collects the copying fees, deducts its administrative expenses and distributes the balance annually to copyright owners based on the results of copying surveys.[5]

CAL has been appointed by the Commonwealth Attorney-General to administer the licences.

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