Currently, the ERP has no direct effect on local or foreign directors claiming royalties for retransmission on films made on or after the date that a director’s right was recognised under the Copyright Act, being 19 December 2005.
Should a standard industry contract be agreed in Australia or New Zealand that provides for a specific share to directors of retransmission royalties, the ERP will be updated to reflect this arrangement. This means a new presumption would be created.
Until such time, Screenrights relies on directors and other rightsholders to tell us what proportion of the retransmission royalty share each member is entitled to. Screenrights strongly advises members to ensure that their contracts specify the proportions in which directors and producers are to share retransmission royalties.