The Australian Copyright Tribunal has begun its hearing into whether the authors’ royalty from digital downloads should be raised from 8% to 12%, following an application from the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) and its sister body the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Universal Music Publishing Australia boss Bob Aird says the rise is overdue, since 8% has always been an “interim rate”. Yet according to Billboard, the label arm of Universal Music is opposing the deal – as are Sony Music, Apple and Aussie telco Telstra. Final submissions for the hearing will be complete by February. Source: Billboard

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