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Distribution information guide: Airlines

This information guide explains how the licence fees we collect from airlines are paid out as royalties.

Where does the money come from?

APRA AMCOS collects licence fees from Australian and New Zealand commercial airlines, e.g. Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Air NZ, for in-flight music use.

What information does APRA AMCOS use to determine who should be paid?

Airlines obtain music and audio-visual entertainment from third-party suppliers, to be made available to their passengers. Those same suppliers also provide us with electronic reports quarterly, detailing all music, film, and television programmes provided to each airline for use on in-flight audio systems. For smaller airlines APRA AMCOS may opt not to obtain direct data and instead make royalty distributions using data from larger airlines.

How are songs matched to the data APRA AMCOS receives?

The electronic reports provided by the airlines are directly matched to the vast repertoire of songs and audio-visual productions in our database.

Key terms used in our Distribution Rules and Practices documents

The Copyright Act refers to compositions, musical scores in the form of sheet music, or other notation as musical works. Lyrics or words to a song are considered literary works. When we refer to songs, we are referring to all the elements of a musical/literary work protected by copyright.