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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Senator ASHLEY - The matter of control of performing right fees is involved, and concerns the laws of copyright. The question of amending the existing legislation will be reviewed by the Government in the light of any recommendation which may be made by the Broadcasting Committee, which is at present engaged in an examination of the fees paid by broadcasting organizations to the Australasian Performing Right Association.

Senator LAMP asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   What amounts have been paid by the Australian Broadcasting Commission for performing rights during the last financial year?

2.   To whom has the money been paid?

Senator ASHLEY - During the last financial year the total paid by the commission for performing rights was £36,723. Of this amount, £32,811 was paid to the Australasian Performing Right Association, while other performing right payments were £3,912, being mainly payments for the use of plays by various authors, mostly domiciled in England. The commission also paid £12,440 to gramophone companies last financial year for the use of records.

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