House of Representatives Committees

Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Committee activities (inquiries and reports)

Don't stop the music! A report of the inquiry into copyright, music and small business

This report remains the property of the Commonwealth of Australia 1998.
ISBN 0 644 526416.

The report of the inquiry into copyright, music and small business was tabled in the House of Representatives on 1 June 1998.

The government response was tabled on 2 November 2000: Website

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Membership of the Committee

Terms of reference


Summary and recommendations

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - The public performance right

Chapter 3 - Information provided to small business by copyright collecting societies

Chapter 4 - Whether licences take sufficient account of the number of listeners

Chapter 5 - Distinguishing between direct and indirect playing of music

Chapter 6 - Cooperation between APRA and the PPCA in the collection of royalties

Chapter 7 -The copyright tribunal as an avenue for review to small businesses

Chapter 8 - Future technological developments

Appendix A - List of Submissions

Appendix B - List of Exhibits

Appendix C - List of Witnesses

Appendix D - Sample material from copyright collecting societies

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