Australians fight to set up audio-visual royalties system in Asia

Asian countries are vigilant about music royalties but the screen sector is ignored. That may soon change,

Getting a royalties cheque is a joyful occasion, but the system behind it is labyrinthine and boring. Until someone starts a crusade. 

This is the story of an international battle about collecting royalties in which Australians and New Zealanders are the key figures in a campaign to get rights in Japan and South Korea, on the way to Vietnam, India and ultimately China. Some of the bureaucratic traditions at play would be a thousand years old. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.