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Fitness Australia to Appeal Copyright Tribunal Decision

Fitness Australia to Appeal Copyright Tribunal Decision
June 18, 2010

Fitness Australia is to proceed with an appeal against the recent Australian Copyright Tribunal decision on licensing payments to play protected sound recordings in fitness classes.

On 17th May 2010, the Copyright Tribunal decided to allow the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA)'s application to significantly increase the fee for music in fitness classes. The decision related to PPCA's Tariff V which has now increased to $15 per class or $1 per attendee per class - an increase of over 1,500% for the cost of this licence to businesses in the fitness industry.

The effective date for the revised Licence Scheme is yet to be determined by the Copyright Tribunal, but the PPCA has proposed that it be from 1st November 2010 with a short phase-in period.

However, with experts in administrative law having identified grounds for an appeal, and following industry consultation, the Fitness Australia Board of Directors has decided to proceed with an appeal of this decision to the Federal Court of Australia.

To fund the appeal, Fitness Australiaâs Operation M.U.S.I.C campaign will now focus on raising the necessary funds to meet the costs of the appeal. To date, the campaign has raised $150,000 for the appeal but Fitness Australia is seeking to raise another $150,000 to cover all the necessary costs.

For more information visit www.operationmusic.org.au

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17th May 2010 - FITNESS CENTRES HIT BY TRIBUNAL DECISION ON MUSIC FEES

16th March 2009 - FITNESS MUSIC BATTLE HEADS TO COURT


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