So you have decided to put on a theatre/dance/music/arts/moreumbrellaterms show? Well one thing you may not have considered is copyright and how this might effect you and your show.

 

Now I could start with all these really interesting facts about copyright, for example the word uncopyrightable is the only fifteen letter word that doesn’t repeat a letter. But what would I really be achieving by doing this? Nothing. 

 

Absolutely nothing. Which is really the way that a majority of people view copyright as it is such a big ‘Concept’ that can not be broached or worked with. Lucky for us, a great company got together and said ‘what’s this copyright thing all about?’ and that company is called APRA AMOS.

 

So here we have a step by step of how to work with and for APRA:

  1. The first thing to remember with APRA is that they have a big influx from people all of the time, so therefore turn around time for them is really slow. For this reason it is of vital importance that you are patient and never get frustrated no matter how long it takes for them to get back to you, I have heard it taking a year to get some shows sorted with APRA, and if this is the case just role with it.
  2. Go to the website: www.apraamcos.com.au
  3. From here make an account that is valid to your situation, which in the case of most of the theatre shows you can register your company not just as an individual for most of you this will be as a customer.
  4. From here they will register your account and send you an email with this information, this email may take some time to go through so just hang out for that.
  5. Form here it really gets self explanatory, all of the information will be on your account and website and you can go from there!

IMPORTANT PART WHERE WE HAVE TO STOP WITH THE JOKES AND BE SERIOUS:

The Stan Dup Ensemble does not endorse or encourage breaking of copyright laws or any form of theft of intellectual property. It is an expectation as part of The DIY Festival that all works of music or other intellectual property is covered under your own liaising with APRA or other outside sources to grant you access to such property. 

Below is a link to copyright law if you are having any confusion: 

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ca1968133/