In recent weeks I discovered that the Turnbull government is considering proposals for a writer to not have any rights in their work 15 to 25 years after it’s first published.
So:- Mem Fox has no rights in Possum Magic.
Stephanie Alexander has no rights in A Cook’s Companion.
Elizabeth Harrower has no rights in The Watch Tower.
John Coetzee has no rights in his Booker winning Life and Times of Michael K.
Peter Carey to The Kelly Gang
Tim Winton to Cloudstreet.
Anyone can make money from these books except the one who wrote it.
The Abbott and now Turnbull governments’ record drips with a contempt for writers and writing that leaves me in despair.
They want to thieve their past work, and, by ending parallel importation restrictions and territorial copyright, destroy any future for Australian writers.
The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers ...
That contempt has been made concrete in the report of the Productivity Commission.
The Productivity Commission doesn’t dare call books books. No! Instead they are called –cultural externalities.
Is this another "innovation" by the Turnbull Government?