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Creative industry bodies to merge

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The Copyright Agency and the body for visual artists, Viscopy, will merge at the end of the month after receiving approval from the Supreme Court.

The motion to merge was carried overwhelmingly by both organisations and will come into effect on November 30.

Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling said: “This is a significant moment in the history of these two organisations. Not only is it a positive move for members and the industry, it will help us drive efficiencies and ensure we can increase distributions to visual artists.”

The two companies represent 40,000 direct and in-direct members, including visual artists and illustrators, journalists, cartoonists, surveyors, educational authors and publishers.

Viscopy’s members will automatically be added to the Copyright Agency’s member list and will soon have the opportunity to elect an artistic director to the Copyright Agency board. Current Viscopy director Oliver Watts will fill that role until the 2018 annual general meeting.

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