Value of Ideas

The ideas expressed by our members help shape conversations and debate in our society.

Government use

Screenrights collects royalties for government copying from television and radio.

What is Screenrights role?

Screenrights negotiates licences fees, collects the money, identifies the programs that are copied, and pays royalties to the rightsholders.

How the royalties are calculated

The value of royalties derived from the Australian Government Service is dependent on the duration of the program and the nature of the program copied for government purposes.

Royalties paid

A television program contains a number of copyright materials protected by the Australian Copyright Act.  According to Screenrights' Distribution Policy, royalties are allocated to the following copyright materials:

Copyright Material

Royalty Allocation





Commissioned Sound Recordings


Commercial Sound Recordings


Library Sound Recordings


Musical Works


Broadcast Signal


Screenrights pays rightsholders directly for Film, Script and Commissioned Sound Recordings (CSR).

Royalties for Commercial Sound Recordings are paid via the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA), royalties for Library Sound Recordings are paid via the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) and royalties for Musical Works are paid via the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).

The Broadcast Signal is paid directly to the relevant broadcasters by Screenrights.

Screenrights also pays royalties for Artistic Works incorporated in programs, which can include paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, photographs and other works of 'artistic craftmanship'.

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