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September 10th, 2014
NSW Surveyors to Share $2.25m in Copyright Payments

The back payment is the latest good news for surveyors who have battled for more than a decade to have the rights in their plans recognised. The payment has been made to not – for – profit collecting society, the Copyright Agency, which will then distribute the money to the surveyors.

Previously, the plans were sold by the NSW Government and information brokers with no return to surveyors. But i n July last year, the C opyright Tribunal determined th e remuneration payable for the copying and communication of plans is 7.31% of the retail sale price of a plan. Due to the varying prices of plans sold by information brokers in NSW, the sale price of broker’s plans was deemed by the Tribunal to be $14.50, to be increased by CPI annually.

Copyright Agency’s Chief Executive Murray St Leger said, “ We are pleased to see this issue finally resolved and about to deliver tangible results for surveyors. “

The long battle for surveyors to have their skill, effort and time valued in their copyright works was instigated by the Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW (ACSNSW) executive and board, with Patrick McNamara being appointed by them to lead the campaign. Over the years, t he executive and board, as well as numerous surveyor witnesses gave countless hours to support the case through the courts .

“It is vital that all surveying companies and sole traders join the Copyright Agency as soon as possible to facilitate the distribu tion of payments . Surveyors in other States should join the agency too as this decision will impact on payments to surveyors Australia – wide in the next few years.”

ACS NSW Chairman, Paul Rowlandson, said “ After a 15 – year joint effort from ACS NSW, Copyright Agency and Pat McNamara , we are in the finishing strai gh t of the copyright issue. We need one last effort to complete the journey by supporting Copyright Agency to represent the surveying profession to accept and distribute copyright payments.”  

About Copyright Agency | Viscopy Copyright Agency | Viscopy connects users and creators of content, providing licences for the use of copyright material such as text, images, art and survey plans . We manage the statutory licences for educational and government use of text and images, as well as the resale royalty scheme for artists (by Government appointment). Our members include writers, artists , surveyors and publishers. Membership is free. www.copyright.com.au