Monday, February 22, 2010

Australian Copyright staff get more than they give to authors and artists
Luke Slattery
From: The Australian
February 18, 2010 1

THE body established to pay authors for the use of their copyright last year spent more on its own staff -- including more than $350,000 for a chief executive -- than it paid authors and artists directly.
The Copyright Agency Limited was formed in 1989 to raise money from institutions using copyrighted works, such as newspaper articles, photographs and book excerpts, to reward the creators of these works.
But the collection agency last year paid $9.4 million in salaries, compared with a $9.1m direct allocation for authors and artists.

Among the highest paid at CAL was its chief executive Jim Alexander, who earned more than $350,000 last year, while another senior staff member earned between $250,000 and $299,000, another between $200,000 and 249,000, and five others between $150,000 and $199,000. A further 21 staff earned between $100,000 and $149,000.

In addition, the agency spent more than $300,000 on travel for its top executives, including a trip for its three senior executives to an International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations conference in Barbados, and a trip for four employees and board members to the Beijing Writers Festival.
Read more at The Australian.


transpress nz said...

an exposé on what senior staff at Creative NZ etc get would be interesting too, given that most of the actual creators make a pittance.

Keri Hulme said...

I'd love to hear from other writers about what - if anything - they get from CLL. I have had precisely 2 cheques from them over the years they've been in existence. One was for $2.11c (yes, the dot is in the right place) and the other was - apparently- half of $2500 (VUP- apparently- got the other half, but since there was no accounting given from them or CLL, I cannot be certain.)

By way of contrast, I receive at least one cheque yearly from ACAL (UK).