The Copyright Agency has awarded a total of $40,000 to five publishers to undertake inaugural research fellowships in the 2015/16 financial year.

A suite of fellowships – for publishers, an author, and legal researchers – were announced in 2014 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the agency, and honour its founding members.

The inaugural Copyright Agency Fellows are:

  • Chrysoula Aiellou (Scholastic Australia) will receive $10,000 to focus on children’s publishing in the digital environment;
  • Glenda Browne will receive $5,000 to look at active indexes for e-books;
  • Naomi Gothard will receive $10,000 to research digital ways to overcome barriers to Indigenous translations;
  • Gemene Heffernan-Smith (Harper Collins Australia) will receive $5,000 to review how digital technology can be harnessed to counter piracy; and
  • Andrew Wrathall (Books + Publishing) will receive $10k to survey and analyse online book reviewing in Asia and Australia.

The Copyright Agency’s CEO, Murray St Leger, says “The breadth of the research to be undertaken will deliver some terrific insights to the individuals within their chosen fields as well as more broadly to our publishing industry.

“These fellowships aim to further enhance the strength of the Australian publishing industry now and into the future.”

All fellows will submit reports on their findings that will be made available to the broader publishing industry, and will participate in a panel session in which they will detail their findings.

Media enquiries:

Sue Nelson

Communications and Media Relations Manager

The Copyright Agency

t: 02 9394 7685 m: 0413 734 939 e: snelson@copyright.com.au

About the Copyright Agency
The Copyright Agency connects users and creators of content, providing licences for the use of copyright material such as text, images, art and survey plans. We manage the educational and government licences for the use of text and images, as well as the resale royalty scheme for artists (by Government appointment). Our members include writers, artists, surveyors and publishers. Membership is free. www.copyright.com.au