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Williams appointed chair of the Copyright Agency

Former News Corp CEO Kim Williams has been appointed chair of the Copyright Agency.

Williams replaces Hardie Grant Publishing chief executive Sandy Grant, who has been chair of the board for the past five years and will remain on as a director.

Williams joined the Copyright Agency board as a director in January 2015. A vocal critic of online piracy, Williams recently penned an opinion piece in support of the government’s new laws to help block copyright-infringing overseas websites.

Copyright Agency CEO Murray St Leger said in a statement, ‘Kim is a vocal advocate for creators’ rights. His high-level expertise within the arts, media and creative sectors has already made an impact at the Copyright Agency. With the myriad challenges to creators’ rights in the current climate, Kim’s appointment as Chair is a very positive development for our members.’ 

Williams congratulated Grant ‘for driving and supporting many landmark initiatives in his time as chair’, including ‘the development of the world-first digital textbook platform for schools, LearningField, and the ReadingAustralia.com.au website.’

A previously reported by Books+Publishing, St Leger will leave the Copyright Agency in July and will be replaced by News Corp director of policy, corporate affairs and community relations Adam Suckling.

 

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