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Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society

The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) is a copyright collective representing Australian and New Zealand music publishers since 1979. It is the sole mechanical rights organisation (MRO) in Australasia responsible for licensing out musical works to third parties and distributing mechanical royalties to its members, who are writers and publishers of music.

The society has been in an alliance with the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), which represents composers and lyricists, since 1997. The two organisations share a website, and are often referred to together as APRA AMCOS, or APRA/AMCOS. Together they have presented the APRA Awards (Australia) and APRA Awards (New Zealand) since 1998.


The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) was established in 1979 to manage mechanical royalties, i.e. the reproduction or copying and storage of music in any format.[1]

In 1997 the society formed an alliance with APRA, the music rights organisation representing composers, songwriters and music publishers, to provide "a one-stop service to music creators and music customers."[2][1]

APRA AMCOS adheres to a voluntary Code of Conduct which was introduced in 2002.[1]

The head offices are located in Sydney, Australia where its "line of business includes owning or leasing franchises, patents, and copyrights which they in turn license others to use".[3]

It is a member of the Bureau International de l'Edition Mecanique (BIEM), the international mechanical rights coordinating organisation.[4]

Collection of mechanical royaltiesEdit

AMCOS manages mechanical royalties, which are generated each time " an original musical work is licensed by a third party and commercially reproduced or sold", whether on CD, DVD or vinyl recordings, music downloads or via streaming services. Thus the licensors include all major and independent record labels as well as digital service providers (DSPs) such as iTunes and Spotify, and schools.[5]


APRA and AMCOS have presented the APRA Music Awards in Australia and New Zealand together since 1998.


  1. ^ a b c "What we do". APRA AMCOS. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Australian Events 1997. Macquarie Library. 1997.
  3. ^ "Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Ltd – Company Profile". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Societies: AMCOS (Non-voting society)". Bureau International de l'Edition Mecanique (BIEM). Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  5. ^ "AMCOS FAQs for songwriters and composers". APRA AMCOS. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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