It seems like it wasn’t that long ago, we were fighting to protect Australian stories, and our vibrant Australian publishing industry… and yet here we are again! The Australian Government is again looking to remove Parallal Import Restrictions on books, ripping the heart out of the Australian publishing industry.
Existing copyright terms are for life, plus 70 years. The proposed copyright changes would offer just 15 years of copyright. Not only is that ludicrous, but it is criminal. As Hachette children’s editor Suzanne O’Sullivan succinctly portrayed on twitter;
It isn’t fair! It is ludicrously stupid and shamefully disrespectful. It’s theft! And it is just one aspect of the changes proposed.
The Australian Society of Authors has a clear and concise article talking about the proposals – and the impacts it will have on Australia creators and readers. There is also a petition opposing Scott Morrison’s proposed changes. I would encourage you all to click across, read and sign.
Australia is but a small publishing pool, by comparison to England and America. These changes will have massive ramifications on the viability of our industry – and the livelihood of our publishers… and our creators. It is no wonder that Richard Flanagan gave such an impassioned speech at the Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney last week.
These are OUR STORIES that are threatened!