Joint submission in response to the application by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) for revocation of authorisation AA1000433 and substitution of new authorisation AA1000661

11 Mar 2024

The ALACC and the ADA made a submission in response to APRA's latest re-authorisation application with the ACCC.

In responding the APRA’s latest re-authorisation application to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the ALACC and the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) reiterate our long-standing concerns with the governance of collecting societies and the inabilty of APRA members to share their music under Creative Commons (CC) licences.

We also acknowledge APRA’s efforts to improve its licensing process, how it collects data on the use of its repertoire by licensees (particularly through the use of music recognition technolocy (MRT) and the frequency of royalty payments to members. However, we expressed concern that it is difficult to clearly see how improved music usage data translates into more equitable distribution of royalties among members. In the submission, we also questioned APRA’s request for an unconditional authorisation.

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