The Screen Actors Guild of America and its Australian counterpart are stepping up their opposition to a proposed U.S-Australia Free Trade Agreement because it may contain language that would allow pro

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--The Screen Actors Guild of America and its Australian counterpart are stepping up their opposition to a proposed U.S-Australia Free Trade Agreement because it may contain language that would allow producers to take rights and royalties from actors.

SAG officials say they lobbied the Bush administration, Motion Picture Assn. of America and Recording Industry Assn. of America to amend the law but were unsuccessful in removing the "work for hire" clause that would allegedly empower producers to keep all royalties generated by levies on recording devices and blank media rather than share them with authors and performers, as is done in other parts of the world.

"Among its flaws, the agreement in its current form undermines both Australian culture and the rights of U.S. actors to fair and full compensation for their performances," SAG senior adviser John McGuire says.