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Australian retransmission royalties are generated when free to air broadcasts are simultaneously retransmitted by another service, such as pay television or IPTV.

When a program is broadcast on a channel that is retransmitted, royalties are generated for that program.

Where the royalties come from

Companies that retransmit one or more free to air channels pay a negotiated royalty rate to Screenrights in the form of a licence fee.

Screenrights collects the licence fees, identifies the programs that are retransmitted and pays royalties to the rightsholders in these programs.

How the royalties are calculated

Screenrights uses a broadcast sample to identify the programs that are retransmitted in Australia. The broadcast sample accounts for regional variations in television programming.

The value of royalties derived from the retransmission of a television program is dependent on the duration of the program, how often it plays, the time of day it is broadcast, the television network on which it is aired and the extent to which that network is retransmitted throughout Australia.

Royalties paid under the service

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 Materials

Royalty Allocation





Commissioned Sound Recordings


Commercial Sound Recordings


Library Sound Recordings


Musical Works



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).

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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