High Court of Australia

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited v Commonwealth of Australia [2012] HCA 8

246 CLR 561; 86 ALJR 335; 286 ALR 61

28 Mar 2012

Case Number: S23/2010


French CJ, Gummow, Hayne, Heydon, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell JJ


Intellectual property – Copyright - Sound recordings - Source of rights - Transitional provisions - Whether after commencement of Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), the Copyright Act 1911 (Imp) remained source of subsisting copyright in pre-1969 sound recordings.

Constitutional law (Cth) – Validity of Commonwealth legislation - Acquisition of property on just terms - Whether fixing of a "cap" on compulsory licence fees in relation to copyright interests is unconstitutional - Application of s 51(xxxi) of Constitution.

Words and phrases – "compulsory licence", "copyright", "Imperial legislation", "just terms", "licence fees", "validity".

Constitution – s 51(xxxi). Copyright Act 1911 (Imp), ss 19, 24-26.

Copyright Act 1912 (Cth).

Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)
– ss 84-113C, 152, 204-248.


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