Useful Links

Film Societies Here you can find information on how to set up a film society.

This site provide assistance in copyright compliance for all matters relating to the education system in Australia. Schools have certain exemptions under the Copyright Act for curricular related activities, but also obligations that have been created by or negotiated by the National Copyright Unit on behalf of schools, both government and non-government nationally. Screenrights is another service for schools that provides for the taping and copying of material that specifically relates to educational purposes.

Censorship Here you can find out the censorship classification of a film and the legal obligations regarding advertising and age restrictions.

DVD release
dates We find this site to be very useful in finding out the DVD release date of upcoming titles. It will not list dates too far in advance as often those release dates will not have been determined, but as a rule of thumb, a film will be released on DVD no earlier than 4 months after its Australian cinema release. And of course there are films that do not get a cinema release. Other sites such as VideoEzy and JB HiFi can be similarly useful.

Research This is an American website that is invaluable in trying to find information on movies, cast, director, year of production etc. Its information on distribution may be misleading due to its US origin but again, very handy.

Piracy and
The Australian Screen Association works with the screen community, regulators, authorities, the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF) and the wider community to help protect film and TV content and ensure it is distributed legally and safely.

Unfortunately, Australia has some of the highest rates per capita in the world of viewing creative content via unauthorised means. A study IPSOS_Economic_Consequences_of_Movie_Piracy_-_Australia.pdf found that $1.37 billion in revenue was lost to the Australian economy as a whole and 6,100 jobs were forgone as a result of movie theft alone.

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) is the operational arm of the Australian Screen Association and assists in the investigation and prosecution of commercial-scale content theft operations, working alongside state and federal law enforcement authorities around Australia. Another source of information on copyright generally is the Australian Copyright Council.

It’s important to remember that if you need a licence to show a movie through Roadshow PPL, you’ll probably need a licence from APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd) as well. That’s because there are at least two copyrights in most recordings and music videos:
1. the copyright in the song (lyrics, composition etc.) – licences available from APRA;
2. the copyright in the recording and/or music video of the song (a particular recorded performance)