Copyright collecting societies collect copyright fees from licensing arrangements that allow uses of large numbers of creative works, and distribute the fees to people who own rights in creative works (such as songwriters, text writers, filmmakers, artists and publishers). They are also called copyright management organisations (CMOs).
The large societies develop and negotiate these licensing arrangements with people and organisations who use large numbers of creative works, such as venues that have music playing or universities that copy and share resources for students.
Australian copyright collecting societies are member-based organisations.
The Code of Conduct was developed and adopted by Australian copyright collecting societies in 2002.
The Copyright Tribunal can review licensing arrangements managed by collecting societies. It can also review distribution arrangements for some licensing arrangements.